Back to School, Back to Work, Yay…Sigh…

by Elizabeth Rusch
Published on: September 20, 2012
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So after an incredible and incredibly relaxing summer, my kids are back to school and I find myself back at my desk. For the last few weeks of the summer, I found myself dreaming wistfully about really getting back to work, to doing some serious writing and some serious all-that-other-stuff-we-writers-have-to-do.

Then I dropped my kids at school for their first day, and I sat down at my desk. I answered some emails. I made a “to do” list. I checked it twice. I answered some more emails. I looked outside the window. The sun was shining brightly. The trees rustled gently. What a pretty shimmery-green color…

Oh, wait, work. I’m back at work. I sat up straight, checked my “to do” list and picked something. I opened a file. My dog Reba walked in and dropped a tennis ball at my feet. I patted her head. I got down on the floor and gave her a belly rub.

Oh, wait, work. I’m back at work. I read through some copyedits on my book on Nikola Tesla. I answered an email. I looked at my “to do” list again.

I could hear kids laughing and screaming out on the playground at recess, and suddenly I missed my kids. I wondered how they were doing in their new classes, and I hoped that they were doing a better job focusing than me.

This is what I wanted, right? Some time to work? What I was looking forward to? So why was I having so much trouble?

That night, I gave myself some homework. A pile of stuff to critique for the next Viva Scriva meeting had been sitting on my desk for weeks. It was time to pick it up.  I curled up on the couch with a novel and two picture books. As I read and made notes and thought about what the writers were trying to do, I felt a part of my brain kick on. My writing brain. My work brain.

Sometimes taking a good hard look at someone else’s work can help you with your work. If nothing else, it might get you in the right mindset to do some work.

The next day, I took the kids to school, turned on my computer and wrote 1,000 words. Thanks Scrivas.


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