Taking A Break Can Be Good For Your Writing
Make your downtime extra beneficial
A few months ago I took a long hiatus from writing, I should have felt guilty. But I didn’t. Things were getting hectic and the thought of putting something out there every day filled me with anxiety. As a result, I took a break from writing.
Actually, I didn’t. Not really.
I didn’t just sit around watching the Great British Bake Off…all the time. NO! I used my time to rejuvenate my brain.
I read for fun
You know that book you’ve been meaning to read? Or that novel a friend just will not shut up about? Now is the time to read it. Reading is not only a pleasurable experience, but there are studies that prove that those who read more tend to write better.
I read publications I desired to be published in.
There are several Holy Grail publications that I’ve been rejected from (or too scared to submit to). I took that time during my break to really study what it was the publications seemed to be looking for. Sometimes a voice jibes right away with an editor. Others, like me, need to put our studious natures to work learn how to alter our voice.
I journaled like crazy
My journal is not the pretty Instagram kind. It’s more like that of a crazy 6th grader who doodles desserts in the margins. Writing out my thoughts is a way for me to enjoy that physical sensation of a pen to paper and the ephemeral feeling of getting my thoughts onto a page. My journal is a great reminder that writing doesn’t have to be a product, but something I can just enjoy.
I went and did something worth writing about
Fascinating as my life sitting of a desk is I have to admit that sometimes I feel I don’t have anything to write about. So I made an afford to “get out there.” Here are some of the things I did.
· Three date nights of a varying romantic level.
· One escape the room
· Comedy workshop
· Sketch show planning
· Talked to a penguin in front of a green screen.
· Went to the gynecologist in a foreign country
Finally I had experiences I could file away for possible future stories. And even if those don’t become a story, simply interacting with the world around me took me out of my head.
Your break from writing isn’t abnormal. Most of us go through burnout. Use the time to recharge, and take notes. So when you’re back in the game, you’ll be ready.