Let's address the elephant in the room. (Howdy Mr. Elephant. I shall call you Humphrey.) Humphrey says "Hi", y'all. He also wants to direct your attention to the brand new look to the website! Humphrey and I thought it was time to freshen up the blog and tweak some things, so we set to work on it and at last we were done! (please check it out and let me know what you think!) I am pretty happy with it-- I feel it represents the blog much better and just... I don't know. Looks nicer than before. lol. Humphrey would like to warn you however that not all the posts are categorized into the topics yet (I'm working on it!) so when you click the topics you might come up with a blank page or few posts, just because they're not all sorted out yet. But never fear-- they shall be very soon. ;)
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So I'm sure you all noticed-- it's been a while since I showed my face around here. First of all, I'm sorry for such a long absence without letting you all know what was up. But on the flip side, I'd like to talk about writing breaks.
Writing Breaks are A-ok! Let's just get that out of the way. I know a lot of people like to enforce structure, habit, and persistence. Trust me, those are all super important things to have and they will help you out a lot. But sometimes, a break will do you more good then just pushing through. Here's some situations when a break might be a really good idea:
- Your health is not so good. I'm talking about health problems that might be getting in the way of living your perfect life. Sometimes we just need some time to recharge without the pressure of producing words on a daily basis, or maybe you're having to balance a lot of doctor trips, hospital stays, broken or sprained limbs... there are lots of ways where health can make writing difficult. Don't feel like you have to keep cranking out blog posts or stories if you're dealing with problems! Your health is way more important, friends. Also, just going to say this here: Many writers can experience wrist/arm/hand pain from excessive writing, typing, or just not having good form while doing it. Whatever you do--do NOT overdo it! Speaking from a gal who's had trouble with tendonitis, it can be very painful and it can get lots worse, leading to absolutely no writing (or any kind of strain) for months, and it can crop back up really easily later, too. It's not worth it. If you want to keep writing, don't be afraid to take it a little bit easier on your wrists/hands/arms so they can heal.
- You just CAN'T get out of a creative funk. Now I'm a big proponent of not just writing when inspiration hits, but doing it as often as you can--for better practice and for developing a good habit. But if everything is just like pulling teeth from a shark just to write a little, it's alright to take a break too. Not too long of a break, or you may get so "out of it" that it makes it even harder to get back into writing, but a short break can really help you. You can come away from it with more excitement to write and new ideas!
- After you finish a novel draft. If you're not jumping right into another novel, this is the perfect time to take a short break. I believe taking a break from your draft is good so you can return with fresh eyes, but if you choose to take a complete break instead of working on another novel like in my writing cycle post, you can return to your novel with a totally clear and focused outlook. I know some people really find this beneficial, and even if you follow the writing cycle, this can be a good thing to do once in a while.
- If you need to focus on some other part of your life. Sometimes life just overtakes us and things pop up that need more focus. A lot of times we writers can balance writing and life, but once in a while, it's beneficial to take a break. Giving up on writing for a while is definitely not fun, but in the end, it can definitely be a help. Not only will it give you a chance to focus on the important matter to get it resolved/finished, but once you come back to writing you will have that much more energy and enthusiasm. You'll probably be brimming with new thoughts and ideas to make your writing even better!
But how can you take a writing break that is really going to help instead of harm? It's true that sometimes writing breaks can leave you feeling more discouraged and "out of it" then helping you. That doesn't have to be the case, though! There are plenty of things you can do while taking a break that will make the whole process totally awesome. I have a great checklist for you + two pages of info to help you with your writing break! If you're a subscriber you'll find it in the resources tab (New design now so you can get to it easily up above!) And if you don't have the password to the secret resources page, pop your email in and I'll send it to you right away! :)
- Start small. Haven't written in a couple weeks? Humprey the Elephant and I tend to like to jump right back in, but if you're not a all-or-nothing kind of person, you might find it's best to start small. Maybe work on your novel outline first, or try some flash fiction that you can finish in one sitting. Do a blog post that relates to your life at this moment. Or maybe write up a nice newsy email for your newsletter. (Don't worry, people like hearing about you!)
- Read some posts on writing and leave some comments. Reading blog posts or articles on writing are great ways to get inspired and learn things, too! But don't just stop there. If you're getting back after a break, take the time to leave some comments for the authors of the posts. Getting a chance to talk about writing and share your thoughts, opinions, and past experiences is a great way to get into the writing mindset again.
- Read a book or Watch a movie that inspires you. I don't know about you but when I read a book or watch a movie I really like it makes me really excited about writing my own things! So if you're feeling a bit "meh" after a break, maybe do one of these things with the focus of inspiration.
- Talk with another writer! If you have a writing pal, drop them a note and talk about your writing goals, your books, and what sort of thing you've been working on! It's a good chance to connect and you'll not only get to go through some of your thoughts but also get some encouragement. Can't think of someone to chat writer-stuff with? Drop me a line, friend! I always love hearing from y'all. :)
I'll leave you all with that!
Question of the day! Let me know if you've ever taken a writing break or if you want to do one! If you have done one, what are some of your tips?
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See y'all around!
P.S. If you liked this post, you will probably like these!
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