While eating a mid-afternoon snack yesterday Truck Boy and Pretty Girl were distracted by a lizard on the window. I found myself telling them to forget the lizard and please just sit down and eat their snack. After several renditions of this I asked myself why this was important, and truth was, it wasn't.
The truth is that the snack would still be there when the lizard was gone. And let's face it, the windows are already so dirty their sticky little fingers couldn't have harmed them. Think of the wonder and excitement of seeing a lizard. I'm only being slightly sarcastic here. Lizards are everywhere and we see them all the time but to a almost two and a three year old they're always marvelous. (I don't plan on marveling over the ticks, fleas and mosquitoes which are starting to make an appearance and are supposed to be especially bad this year)
As writers we need that wonder in our lives. It's what tells us there are stories in everything. Most of all we need that wonder in our WIPs. Take a break, come back and marvel at your ideas, your words, and descriptions. It's not just a time line, a project to be completed on your way to publication. It's a marvelous creation that we should delight in.