Stop, revive, survive


Coming up to the silly season, I felt completely snowed under. And not in a jolly, northern hemisphere Christmas way so much as an “OMG I HAVE SO MUCH TO DO AAAAH!” way. So when my boyfriend suggested that we should have a couple of nights away to go caving, I had mixed feelings.

Wombeyan Caves

Source: my camera

On the one hand, I hadn’t been on a holiday that involved leaving the state in almost two years. On the other hand, SO MUCH TO DO!

I was even more horrified when we got to our holiday destination—Wombeyan Caves—and discovered that there was not only no 3G connectivity but also no phone reception! D:

But you know what? It’s the best thing I could have done. Not only did I come back refreshed—and see all sorts of inspiring underground pretties—but while I was there I wrote five pages of notes for my next novel, filling in a lot of the plot blanks that I had. It turns out having nothing much to do other than brainstorm and scribble of an evening can be really good for the creative process. And now I’m keen to start drafting.

If you’re feeling the pressure of the holiday season the way I was, take a break, roll with the insanity and see if it helps your muse. At the very least, you might get some inspiration for any crazy relatives in your next book. 😉

On behalf of all of the Aussie Owned and Read crew, have a fantastic Christmas (or other festive season of your choice!).

Cassandra Page really likes Christmas. It’s sentimental, she knows … but she just really likes it.

Cassandra Page

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