As a writer, it can be easy to feel like in order to live up to your name, you must be constantly writing. In a sense, this is true: writers are people who write. However, when you subscribe to that explanation without leaving room for variation, you can find yourself in the same predicament many writers do. Picture this. You've been writing consistently for years. Somehow life changes, and you discover that you are really struggling to maintain the same level of output as you produced previously--in fact, it's a struggle to get anything done at all. You feel like a failure, and it's easy to put intense amounts of stress on yourself to keep writing.
Does this sound familiar? Perhaps the circumstances are different, but the feeling of burnout leading to beating yourself up is all too recognizable. You're not alone; and going through this is ok. In fact, it might be time to take a writer's break.
Before you get upset, let's just clarify that a writer's break can take on many forms. Today we're going to cover WHY you might need to take a break, WHEN not to revert instantly to taking a break, HOW are some ways you could do it, and WHAT to do in order to make a smooth, profitable transition back into your regular writing life.
So first up, WHY should you take a break from writing?
WHEN not to take a break from writing?
Next up, here are some ways on HOW you can have the right break for you.
Finally, here's WHAT you can do in order to transition back to your regular writing life smoothly and efficiently.
So there you have it, the complete guide to taking the perfect writing break. Wait, though, there's more! In case you want a simple workbook to help guide you, be sure to check out our free one here!
Don't forget to comment below and tell me your experiences with writing breaks. How did they go for you, and what did you do?