A Writing Hiatus – Is it Worth It?

Gerry smallOne of the golden rules of writing is to write every day, yet sometimes, we may suffer from ‘information overload’ or there is so much happening in our home lives that we need to take some time away from writing.

Within the last few months, I have taken a writing hiatus (and therefore a blogging hiatus). I needed to step back from writing to assess exactly what my goals were. There was no point in writing if I didn’t know what they were, let alone what kind of writing I enjoyed the most.

By taking this recent hiatus, I soon discovered these three things:-

1. Taking a break helps clear the head

These days people are busier than ever. With the introduction of the internet and social media, we tend to suffer from information overload. Unplug for a few days and you’ll notice a difference. You’ll feel less stressed and much happier. A change of scene or simply exercising, like walking, can be very beneficial. It helps you reassess what’s important, what your goals are and what steps you can take next to achieve those goals.

2. A break helps you come up with new ideas

While we’re busy with writing projects, sometimes when we try too hard to come up with new ideas, we can hit a wall. Taking time out from writing helps you to come up with new writing ideas. When they come, don’t hesitate to write them down. Getting new ideas is exciting and helps keep you motivated.

3. Taking a break solves problems in existing WIPs.

If you’re struggling with a few plot holes, a writing hiatus can help. Again, thinking too much on how to solve these problems can stall the writing process. It’s best step away and have a break. The answers generally come once we allow our subconscious to take control.

When was the last time you took a break from writing? Do you find taking a break from writing a help or a hindrance?

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2 thoughts on “A Writing Hiatus – Is it Worth It?

  1. timamarialacoba 15/10/2014 — 5:28 am

    You’re so right, Debbie. I found this recently, and so had to take a day away from the computer. I was suffering overload. I went and had my hair done and pedicure: didn’t check either my fb updates or twitter posts on my mobile; just closed my eyes and enjoyed the music in both salons. Bliss! I felt recharged.

    1. Debbie Johansson 15/10/2014 — 11:09 pm

      Hi Tima. I like the sound of that! People are faced with far too much pressure these days (writers not excluded), and if we manage to take some time out for ourselves, we are made to feel guilty/lazy. We’re not robots – a person can only do so much. It doesn’t hurt to take some time off for the sake of our physical and mental health. It makes us happier and, as you say, recharged. That’s got to be better in the long run. 🙂

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