Let’s face it, writing is hard. Like, really hard.
Finding the right words and crafting an enjoyable, memorable story can be so damn draining. Sometimes the words just aren’t there. Sometimes you’re tired or stressed or just not feeling it. Sometimes you just need a fucking break.
I don’t know about you, but I was scared of breaks for a long time. So many people had told me I should be making time for my writing, no matter what. Got writer’s block? Write anyway. Don’t like the words you’re typing? Write anyway. Feeling stressed? Write anyway.
I felt like I should always put my writing first. If I wasn’t writing, I was wasting time and would probably turn out to be a failure. And it got to the point where writing wasn’t much fun anymore because it was just so damn stressful.
I’d let myself turn it into an obligation.
Don’t let your passion become a chore. Write because you love it, not because you’re trying to fulfill some phantom obligation.
If you aren’t feeling up to writing today, don’t. If tomorrow shows up and you still aren’t feeling it, that’s perfectly fine. Take as much time as you need.
Don’t be afraid of breaks.
Breaks aren’t a bad thing. You aren’t wasting time. You’re taking care of yourself and that is nothing to be ashamed of. So, play some video games. Watch a movie. Spend a few hours looking at funny cat videos. Whatever relaxes you.
Because writing isn’t an obligation. It isn’t a chore. You won’t get into any trouble if you don’t write for a few days. You aren’t going to end up as a failure.
Take care of yourself and take a break.
Happy writing, lovelies