"I'm more obsessed with the idea of vacation than any one particular vacation spot. I love to explore new places and cultures." ~Candice Accola

We've talked about tips to keep up your productivity, but did you know sometimes you need a break? Here at the Creative Academy, we're believers that all parts of the creative process are important. This includes taking time to fill the creative well, to relax, let your brain unwind, read, and do anything else that makes you happy.

Do you have a vacation planned for a summer? It might be time on the beach, in the mountains, at a spa or wandering ancient streets in Europe. It might be a staycation in your own neighbourhood. Whether you're jumping in a plane, in your vehicle, or into your walking shoes, challenge yourself to try a new activity, taste a new food or let yourself have a whole day where you never get out of your jammies. Sleep late, read a book outside your genre, take an afternoon just to daydream. All those experiences will impact your writing. We've got some articles to help you unwind.

Psychologists have done a lot of research into how creativity works in our minds. This post, How Taking Breaks Boosts Creativity, shares the main reasons why taking breaks can be so beneficial.

Why It's Important to Take a Creative Break From the Work You Love, is an impassioned call to see breaks as "important for both our creative souls and the soul of our creative work."

And because I am so deeply entrenched in the Medium.com community, I wanted to share some pieces from some of the people I follow on that platform.

This one was written for freelance writers but is 100% applicable to creative writers as well, Freelancers! Take a Break! Your Work Will Improve by Kitiara Pascoe.

My Much-Needed Break From Writing by Sandra Ebejer is a personal look into how she stopped feeling scared that if she stopped writing she'd lose momentum—personal and readers.

Taking a Break Can Be Good For Your Writing by Kyrie Gray talks about how she took a much-needed break from putting words on the page but never stopped her creative process.

Why We Should Pause: Reclaiming Balance in the Present by Randy Shingler is not specifically about writing; it's really about life. And it's a really good read.

And finally, in The Award I Didn't Want and Why It Made Me Quit Writing, Sam Arnold shares a story about how his daughter's hospitalization was the event that helped him realize that a good writer needs balance.

The take-away? If it's time to take a break, do so without guilt or fear that you'll somehow be losing something by stepping away from writing. From experts who research this kind of thing to writers who live it, it's quite clear that a break can be your most creative friend.

~ Things to check out this week ~

With Eileen and Crystal both walking the talk, taking some much-needed and earned time away from their laptops, and Donna doing her best to stay on top of all the things, there's nothing new this week. But there's probably at least one video and one resource you've not checked out yet.

On our YouTube channel

We've got 39 conversations with authors and publishing experts on our YouTube channel. The older ones 'hide' behind the little right-facing arrow at the end of the row of the three most recent conversations in each category.

In our free Resource Room

There are 24 resources, from worksheets to full courses, in our free resource room. No matter where you're standing on the path to publication there's something relevant to your stage of the writing, editing, publishing process of being an author.

~ For Creative Academy Members ~

New in our Members' Only community

With Eileen and Crystal away our Office Hours times have been reduced for the month of June.

This last week we had the pleasure of guest Happy Hour hostess, editor Amanda Happy Hour hostess, editor Amanda Bidnall. She waxed poetic about all the stages of editing and shared some great tips about comma usage and other nit-picky editorial things that writers love to learn about.

Donna and the Authors on Fire mastermind folks met and shared ideas about how to be strategic when querying agents and how to balance having more than one writing project pulling at our shirt tails for our attention. These sessions are never recorded to keep them real.

Office hours, writing sprints and special topic gatherings

Next week we continue with our special, holiday scheduling. Check out Office Hours with two special guests, both Creative Academy members:

Lisa Voisin will share little-known tips and tricks for how to use Word to your advantage when writing and editing novels.

Odette Stone will dish on how she's been using Amazon Marketing Services, aka AMS, to help her earn a proper salary from the sales revenue of her five indie published novels.

Writing sprints are continuing as usual, hosted by Donna, Bonnie Jacoby and Tracy Thillman. Our community thanks you, Bonnie and Tracy, for agreeing to be on camera at 7:30 AM!

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~ Creative Advice Prompt ~

What is your idea of the perfect vacation? Paris? Mountain climbing? New York? Camping? Take a book vacation, pick a location or topic and read all about it. Non-fiction, history, fiction—it's up to you. Even if you would like to go back in time, or into space, for your holiday, when it's a book vacation you can do it!

Eileen, Crystal and Donna