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Sorry for missing my regularly scheduled post last time! I didn't have anything worthwhile to post, so I skipped it! Which, gives me a great topic for this week's post.
How to decide when it's time to take a break.
I've been writing hard for a really, really long time. When I wasn't writing, I was querying. When I wasn't querying or writing, I was researching agents. Over the period of a year and a half, I've written three full books (including rounds and rounds of revisions) and three more in various stages. The most I've ever taken off was a four-day stint of not writing. It's exhausting. And I've come to a point in my career where all of that 24/7 focus on my writing career has left my family feeling a bit neglected.
That's when I knew it was time to take a break. I've been working so hard that trying to come up with a new story idea just wasn't happening. The more I tried to force it, the less it came. Even scenes that I had outlined to write felt forced.
So, rather than writing an inspiring post about something for your writing journey, I'm asking the question: What do you do to refresh your muse? For me, I'm just taking time off from writing. I'm reading, watching movies, spending time with my family. I'll get back to writing, just as soon as I feel refreshed. So far, after 5 days of not writing, I'm still exhausted. So maybe another week. Maybe two. But I will get back to writing, and know that it will be better than ever because I am refreshed.
So tell me - what are your tricks to keeping yourself going strong? Do you take regular vacations from writing, or are you like me, the energizer bunny until your batteries die and you have to replace them? :)