One of our greatest statesmen has said that a change of work is the best rest. So it is.
-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four
The summer doldrums bring with them some excellent thinking time. Schedules change up in these months, and sometimes ideas for projects shake loose at the same time.
As well, new genres may present themselves. An essayist writes a song. A literary master finds the gateway to speculative fiction. A mystery writer pens a thriller or a romantic comedy. Maybe it’s just the slight lightening of the load that good weather brings, and frees up a mind’s busy section to think about something new.
I love my genres, and I’d never change permanently for change’s sake, but only to pursue other passions. And, returning to paragraph one of this post, maybe that’s the only song the essayist will ever write. Still, that song changes forever the way the writer approaches essays when he or she returns to them.
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ― Terry Pratchett,
I hope you’ll have another brilliant writing week. Cheers Mel
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