I unplugged this week. And now I feel like I just returned from an expensive spa!

We have had this week’s vacation planned since – well, since we signed up for our little cottage last year around this time.

Usually, on vacation, I load every electronic device I own along with our usual luggage. In years past, I have found vacations to be my most productive writing time. But for some reason, last year and this, I’ve been dismally unproductive. As I analyzed why that was, I studied my behavior on the vacation week we took in June. What I discovered should have been predictable, but took me by surprise.

Every time I turned my computer on to write in the wee hours of the morning when no one else was awake, I took a “quick look” at what emails and social media posts I’d missed since the previous morning. Next thing I knew, the world around me was wide awake and all I had done was respond to what I found on line.

Result: absolutely no writing emerged from my right brain or my computer. I came away from vacations feeling like a dismal failure.

Heading into this more recent vacation week, I had just completed a block of 10,000 words for my new novel. I decided to take a PLANNED break both from writing and my obsession with emails and social media. I arrived at this morning feeling refreshed and not the least bit guilty about the near-total detachment from obligations of both the writing and on-line variety.

Of course, I had to spend much of today catching up, especially on emails, since that’s where I get most of my bill-paying reminders.

But now, bills paid and email box delightfully empty, I’m looking forward to diving into a day of productive writing when the birds wake me up tomorrow morning!

Lesson learned: unplugging and just going with the flow is both refreshing and good for the soul.

Try it!


About Dawn Essegian Lajeunesse

I, like so many others, am a novelist struggling for recognition. My newest novel, THE EYES HAVE IT, is available on Amazon in Kindle version. My other novels, IN HER MOTHER'S SHOES and STAR CATCHING, also are available in e-book format through Amazon and other formats by request here or on my website. AUTUMN COLORS was my first novel and is still available through Amazon and B&N in multiple formats. My early writings are women's fiction, also suitable for YA. My work-in-progress is a historical fiction. Come visit me at my website: www.dawnlajeunesse.com.
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3 Responses to UNPLUGGING

  1. geekkat says:

    So true!! but sometimes it can be hard to do 🙂


    • It only worked for me this week because I left all electronics home except my phone. I did have to use some willpower with that! Whenever a message popped up I asked myself the tough question: does anyone’s life depend on my immediate response? The bottom line was not a single life altering item came my way that couldn’t wait five days😆.

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