Young & the Restless.
For those of you who might not know what this is, the Young & the Restless is a soap opera that's been on television longer than I've been alive. Yes, the storylines can be ridiculous (everybody's been married to everybody and people come back from the dead ALL THE TIME... and no, not as zombies), but I still tune in. I need this soap opera in my life. The ridiculousness of this one TV show somehow helps me balance out all the seriousness I experience in my day-to-day life, and I really need that balance.
For me, Y&R is the fastest and most enjoyable way to unwind after a tough day of writing. Even if I've missed an episode or two, it doesn't require brain cells to figure out what's going on. After an afternoon of staring at my WIP and contemplating different ways for people to die, nothing feels better than to curl up on the sofa with a mug of tea and find out what the back-stabbing, incestuous, poison-tongued residents of Genoa City are up to. It's a great way to decompress, to get out of my own head and just indulge in something utterly fluffy (because fluff is exactly what I try to avoid in my own work).
Having recently finished the first draft of my third novel, I've learned the hard way how necessary it is to seek balance, even in the midst of a draft. Being constantly consumed by a project has never helped me, and has, in fact, hurt me by causing me to slam right into the Burn Out Wall long before the book is finished. So now I know: when it's time to stop writing, it might also be time to stop thinking about writing. At least for a little while until my mind refreshes and I'm ready to go at it again.
It's those little breaks that keep me going all the way to The End.
How do YOU keep going? Do you take breaks too, or do you push hard all the way the through until you're finished?