Vacations end way too soon. But there are ways to ease back into your creative routine.
Start the next section of your writing before you leave. It’s much easier to write after a break (even if it’s just overnight) if you know exactly what comes next. Your creativity will continue to be hard at work while you are away, and when you sit back down to write, being able to pick up where you left off will be a boost.
Get back to work as soon as possible. It’s tempting to add a day or two of down time after returning home, but you’ll be better off if you get your rear in the chair right away, while the glow of your vacation is still with you. The laundry and bills can wait.
Give yourself something to look forward to. You can buffer your post-vacation letdown if you promise yourself a reward, however small, for getting back to work—that book on writing you’ve wanted to read, or an hour of browsing at the bookstore.
Be grateful for the things you have at home that you missed while away. It will be easier to get back into your writing routine if you find reasons to be glad you’re back: your cat that is always by your side, your neighbor who gives you homegrown tomatoes, that blend of coffee available only in your town.
Keep a reminder of your vacation near at hand. Put postcards on a bulletin board, magnets on your fridge, or photos as your screensaver, for an instant lift. Think about what you learned and the fun activities you participated in, and try to find a way to add them to your writing.
--Ann Kellett, Ph.D.
Ann Kellett Editing