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Writing Hiatuses: Do You Need A Break From Writing

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Write every day. Treat writing like a job. These are common bits of writing advice. Sure, they are helpful to those of us who avoid writing and make up excuses so they don’t have to write. But what happens when you’re the person who takes this kind of advice seriously and works yourself to the bone to follow the advice?

If you’re feeling burnt out or as if you’re on your last legs mentally, then give yourself permission to take a writing hiatus.

What is a writing Hiatus?

It’s a break from writing. You take a day, a week, a month, or a year off from writing. The idea is to take a break to get mentally recharged.

It’s like a seed. When you plant a seed, nothing grows for a few days as you water it. But soon, little green leaves poke through the soil and grow into a healthy plant. That break, where you are watering it every day despite there being nothing visible, is akin to a break from writing. You’re taking care of yourself, so you can grow something beautiful when the time comes.

Seeds also can go into survival mode. Some spores from Ancient Egypt that were two thousand years old could germinate and grow into plants. You might not have to go into survival mode for thousands of years, but the idea is still the same.

How do I know if I should take a hiatus?

You check in with yourself and see how you are feeling.

If you’re feeling like you’re at the end of your rope, chances are that you need a hiatus. You might feel burnout, like writing is another thing on your to-do list and holds no joy for you, or like you have a million things on your mind that you have to do and not enough time to do everything.

How long I should take off?

If you feel like getting back to writing, feel mentally stable, and no longer feel burnout, then signs are good you can end your hiatus. You want to feel better. You want to feel less like you will break down, just surviving, or like writing is a chore. As soon as writing sounds fun again, begin writing.

Hiatuses are a way of giving yourself permission to take care of yourself and get back to a better mental space.

Sometimes writing is how we get back to a mental health space. Sometimes we need a hiatus. Experiment. If after a couple days of not writing you feel worse, chances are a hiatus is not the right solution for whatever problem you are having.

Checking in with yourself regularly is the key to a healthy lifestyle for the creative. Physical, mental, social, and creative aspects of your life all need to be accounted for a healthy lifestyle.

Have you ever taken a hiatus? Tell me about it!

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Sorry I’ve Been So Silent!

I’ve been silent lately and focusing on several things in the works.

For one, I am getting a short story published in Balance of Seven’s new anthology coming out November 21st, 2019 called Dragons Within: Guarding Her Own. If you keep up with me on my social media pages, you’ll have seen a lot of the posts promoting that. If not, I hope you check them out!

I also have been editing my first novel, Poseidon’s Pearl, that I plan to publish in 2020. I’m still figuring out the self-editing process before I send it to the editor, so it may be awhile.

In line with that, I am working on a short story that is the prequel to that novel as a freebie for my newsletter. I haven’t gotten my newsletter up and running yet, but I will by January of next year. At least, that’s the hope. I will keep you updated on that, as well.

I have been struggling lately with keeping up with my writing, but NaNoWriMo has kicked me into gear. I am now working on a contemporary romance.

I am also experimenting with outlining my novels to an extent. It’s getting easier to outline rather than just sitting down to write without a plan. I am officially a plantser!

I am also keeping busier with a healthy lifestyle by exercising three times a week for 45 minutes each, eating healthier, and keeping up with all of my projects. Those include running Write of Passion Literary Journal, marketing for the Dragons Within launch on November 21st, schoolwork, my writing projects, NaNoWriMo, reading every day, and being an admin of the Creative Central Facebook Group for women and non-binary writers.

If you’ll notice, I am no longer a part of Functionally Fictional or Coffee House Writers. While it pains me to have to leave them, it was necessary for my mental health as I was running on empty for a long time and finally succumbed to burnout in May and have been recovering ever since.

You’ll notice I added a page with my publications (where you can find and order Dragons Within: Guarding Her Own) and changed the name of my posts page to “Blog.”

One thing I’d like to mention about Dragons Within: You can order it now through the 28th of November for only $0.99! We (the other authors in the anthology and me) are trying to hit bestseller status on amazon, so please order or preorder it when you can. Between now and November 21st would be best. You can get your copy through the links on the publications page.

Thank you so much for your support. I will try to be more active and post blogs more often than I have been. Maybe I should join Coffee House Writers again, just so I have a deadline schedule as motivation. Probably not. I already have enough on my plate. Besides, I don’t want to burn out again.

Again, sorry for the silence. If you are still here, thank you for sticking around. It means the world to me.