I've had a hard time engaging in things lately. Not sure how to describe it, but after an extremely busy summer, I'm tired and slowly building my reserves back up. I'm going through the motions with household chores and even something as simple as writing a blog post leaves me stumped. It's as if my creativity is shouting, "Please, Ma, let me sleep one more hour."
Our relaxing deck. One of my favorite spots to read and zone out.
In fact, I just spent 45 minutes skimming online newspapers in the hopes a blog topic would spark. It didn't. So not knowing what else to do, I glanced out our patio door at the gorgeous flowers and pretty wicker furniture and realized maybe I did have a topic.
In my books, my main characters are focused on the plot issues at hand. They rarely worry about the world events happening that day or current politics, how the country's economy is faring, what big ticket item they long to purchase, or if they just spent an hour doing dishes, vacuuming, and sorting clothes to drop off at a charity. In other words, they're in a special bubble--they're detached from the hundreds of stimuli that seem to assault me on a daily basis.
Right now, I can't muster the energy to care about the downgrade in the U.S. credit rating, the fall of the stock market, if Amy Winehouse's body had drugs in it or didn't when she died, if Kim Kardashian's wedding was the event of the summer, or if unemployment is on the rise or fall. And you know what? My characters don't either.
They reside in a bubble from reality, and sometimes I need a few days in the bubble too.
Soon, I'll be engaged in current events. What seems so unimportant to me now will be important again, but in the meantime, I'm enjoying the freedom my characters have.
If you're a writer, do your characters enjoy a detachment from current events? Or do they discuss what they've read in the daily paper?