Confession: I haven’t written for a week.
Yup, for a whole week, I had to take a break from writing. No words, no posts, nothing. And it was something I didn’t want, but what I definitely needed.Why taking breaks from your writing is healthy. #pentothepaper Click To Tweet
I didn’t want it to happen. I enjoyed writing daily, even if it was about 100 words a day. There were times where I wished I wrote more, but I kept it positive: at least I was writing.
That was until last week happened. Honestly, I don’t know why all of a sudden I stopped writing. I think it was because I had quite a busy weekend, but I usually bounce back. It just kept creeping day after day until I wrote this blog post the day before publishing it. When I looked back at my writing tracker, I saw it: 7 days, no writing.
Before, I’d usually fall into despair because I hadn’t written. But I’m now realizing taking breaks is important and healthy.
Taking breaks from writing helps us in these ways:
- It allows our brains to reset and rest.
- It helps us find new ideas.
- We simply get up off our ass and get fresh air.
Let’s take a deeper look at these reasons to take more breaks.
It allows our brains to reset and rest. When we are constantly going without taking any type of break, our brains will get tired. We won’t write at our highest brain capacity, and fatigue sets in. Next thing you know, we’re writing about the blinking cursor.
It helps us find new ideas. Once we take breaks to rest, our brain gets time to re-energize. Which means we can find a way to fill a plot hole.
We get off our ass and get fresh air. Oxygen is good. It’s even more awesome when it’s the outdoor kind. Even stretching and moving our bodies gets our blood flowing and helps our brains get energy. I’m going back to the energy! Unless you wanna fuse with your body with your chair.
Taking breaks helps us become more creative writers. It’s okay to take a step back, even for a week. Then get back to it and keep going.
Do you take breaks from your writing? Leave a comment below!
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