I was reminded on a recent retreat just how important it is to create space and time around my writing. 

Like many other authors, I work in short bursts between caring for my children, doing my day job, maintaining relationships and tending to life in general. Although this process works well, generally it doesn’t allow time to reflect or to truly inhabit my work. 

There are advantages that come from simply being able to contemplate. Often, it’s more words on the page but also new ideas and rich thoughts.

On returning from retreat, I vowed to give my writing brain more time to breathe. To be mindful of creating space in my process for creative thought and, importantly, for imagination.