I arrived on Buenos Aires on Friday and I didn’t turn on my computer. Saturday came and went, by Sunday I thought it was a good idea to take the weekend off, and by Monday I accepted that I needed to travel away from my computer. We’re still friends! My constant companion and I just need a break.
Is this good?
YES! It’s Tuesday morning and I’ve already written the first drafts of two short stories. Writing without the computer? Yup! Writing in a notebook with my notoriously bad handwriting, inability to spell, and lacking the useful/time suck pauses to “just check a reference” that the Internet imposes on my writing.
Neither of the stories is anywhere close to finished. One was germinating for days before I left New York, but the other came to me in its entirety at a Milonga (Argentine Tango dance). Rewriting, polishing, editing, and re-thinking will come in the days & weeks ahead, when I’m back home, but for now…
Am a circling an excuse for missing a Monster Meditation on Monday? Yes and no… I think once a week while I’m away will be fine. I lived without Twitter and Facebook for a long weekend and I survived.
What do YOU think about taking a break from the computer and still writing?