With the Christmas break approaching, I’m considering giving myself permission to take a break from writing. I’m wondering if anyone else is in the same boat, and how you feel about taking small hiatuses. Does it help or stifle your creativity? Do you find it harder to get back on the wagon after the break, or when the time comes again you feel energized and ready to go?
I’m feeling a bit drained and directionless. There’s lots of stuff I could (and should) be revising, but I feel like I’ve been revising forever and just want to start drafting again. I never need motivation to draft, but to edit? Egh. I’d rather wash Santa’s underwear than revise.
So I’m looking for a few things if you will kindly indulge–your thoughts on the pros/cons of breaks and also how you stay motivated and on task during revisions. I feel I need a break, but also feel like it’s a bit of a cop out to avoid more revisions. Thoughts?
Becca Puglisi is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and its sequels. Her books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers blog and via One Stop For Writers—a powerhouse online library created to help writers elevate their storytelling.