Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Secret to Great Writing - and Life

I've done it, everyone. I've discovered the secret to writing, and maybe even to LIFE, the universe, and everything. And no, it's no 42. At least not as far as I can tell.

It's called vacation.

Yes, I know, not the most innovative idea, but that's what I'm on this week. In Vermont. One of my favorite places on the planet. As I write this post, I'm sitting on the porch of the coziest, homiest, most welcoming inn you can imagine, looking up as the sun begins to set behind the soft, gentle slopes of the Green Mountains, and breathing in the summer smells of grass, old wood, and growing life. One of the inn's barn cats is curled up next to me, purring.

Yup. No complaints here.

So, I'm going to take a break from desperate hoarding, bad habits, and general writing insecurities, and... well, actually, I'm just going to take a break.

I apologize for the total lack of useful or insightful writing information in this post, or really any information at all. I did reveal the secret to great writing, though, so that counts for something, right?


Oh, well.

I'll be back next week with a full post - and I'll catch up on reading all of my weekly blogs then (I owe all of you a really interesting and conversation-starting comment).

I'll leave you with this last thought: M.L. Swift is my hero. You should all visit his blog. If you can now a) follow me on Twitter or Google+; b) follow this blog; or c) find me at all, it is thanks in large part to this man. I am hugely grateful, and you can all blame him if I keep popping up in your feeds from now on.


  1. Enjoy your vacation! Been following Mike for a while - he rocks.

  2. Enjoy your time off. I'm envious. ;)

  3. Enjoy, Liz. taking breaks always renews my spirit.

    1. Thanks, Karen; me too. It was too short, but then, vacation usually is. Besides that, it was wonderful :)

  4. Yay for vacations. Sounds lovely in Vermont and I hope you are back full of inspiration.

    1. No kidding, right? Thanks :) Vermont was full of inspiration - the only problem was having to leave!! But it's good to be home.

  5. WOW. I'm glad I came back to this one! Liz, I'm touched, and it's really nothing anybody else who butts into everyone's business wouldn't do. :)

    Vacation is a MUST. I know. I haven't had one in years and I'm as crazy as the Mad Hatter. Vermont sounds delightful, the barn cat soothing, and the Green

    Glad you got to sit on the porch and contemplate the universe. Loved your after vacation post. Back to work!

    M.L. Swift, Writer

    1. Well, I greatly appreciate the butting in :) And you're selling yourself short, I think; not everyone would butt in so generously and freely and helpfully.

      Years??? Oh man, you need a vacation! I really, really hope you get to take one SOON. I highly recommend Vermont, its mountains, and its barn cats :)

  6. Enjoy your off time.

    All the best!