Yes, my life does have a rhythm to it: Write a book, take a break, write a book, take a break. Repeat. Ad infinitum.
Not that I'm complaining. I love my life's rhythm. And during my breaks from actually writing a book, I have plenty to do beyond cat napping. I have line edits and final proofs to go over. Proposals to write. My website to update. Contests to judge. Windows to clean.
I really do need to get to the windows...
But what I love best about break time is its very...unstructured-ness. It's not so much about discipline and focus as it is about relaxing, enjoying, getting all those loose ends tidied up a bit.
When I'm writing a book, I tend to get lost in it. Getting lost in the book is the only way to make it really come alive for me. When I'm writing a book, the real world recedes. It's just me and all my imaginary friends, my characters. And their journey.
Break time is about coming back to the real world. It's snoozing at odd times. And more careful attention to the universe around me when I'm awake. It's a break from the demanding focus of writing, and at the same time, it's the chance to be fully engaged in real life.
So what do you do in your break time?