The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the writers are writing. Everything is how it should be. But, wait, isn’t it almost summer?
Yes, but that doesn’t matter when you’re a writer. In fact, it doesn’t even matter what time of the day it is or if it’s the middle of the week. Writers don’t have vacations.
What do we mean by this?
Even when a writer isn’t writing, they are thinking about the story they’re working on, watching it run through their mind like a movie, pausing it, rewinding it, replaying the scene over and over and over again until they’re satisfied with it.
And if a writer isn’t actively working on a storyline, they’re searching for one. Their eyes are wide open and they’re listening to the world around them, using their senses to connect with everything around them.
And this is why our Quote of the Day comes from Romanian-French playwright Eugène Ionesco, one of the most prominent figures of the French Avant-garde theatre.
“A writer never has a vacation,” Ionesco said. “For a writer, life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.”
That’s the life of the writer and if you ask one, we’re sure they’ll tell you that they wouldn’t have it any other way. We love being able to say our “writing-senses are tingling.”
This is why writers hate the feeling of writer’s block. Not only is it frustrating, but it’s the vain of our existence.
So, odds are, when a writer tells you that they can’t wait for summer, the weekend or any other holiday, it’s not that they’re looking forward to sleeping in (which they probably are) but because these may be the only moments they have to actually sit down and write.
So, do you agree with us? Do writers ever truly have a vacation? Is writing their vacation? Let us know in the comments below and and if you like what you read and want to see more, subscribe to our email list for more thoughts, quotes and writing prompts or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.