I posted on twitter a few days ago a conversation I had with my brother:
My brother: "You've been doing too much book stuff lately." Me: "There's no such thing." #amreading #amwriting
I still hold by what I said, but in the past couple of days I've made a shocking realization:
There's a world beyond my laptop.
Shocking, isn't it? But it's the truth! Outside of this cyberspace of internet and Microsoft Word, there is a living, breathing world out there with a wonderful sun that does nothing but turn my skin orange no matter how hard I try. (Hence my current lobster tan) My family is in the process of moving right now, and as a result all of my friends want to spend time with me, no matter how much reading/writing/editing I feel like I have to get done.
And guess what? I like hanging out with them!
Sometimes as writers and readers we forget that there are other people in the world that are not contained on the pages of a book or in a Word Document. And those people are, in most cases, much more exciting to be around then the ones on the page. I know it sounds crazy, but it's true. No matter what crazy things our favorite characters do, nothing can compare to real human interaction, especially with our best friends (yes, Rachel Strain, I'm talking about YOU!)
So no matter how focused you are on your goal, don't forget to take some time off for the real people in your life. Your characters may need you, but not as much as friends and family do. As always, it comes down to a question of priorities, and real people trump my characters any day of the week.