I was so tempted after finishing the 2nd draft of Clara and Daphne to jump right back into writing. Whether to write the next book I have planned (for publication) or to focus on another passion project of mine. But I stopped myself.
Now that my book is finally in the hands of my CP, I decided to take a little break from writing –at least during this time my CP has my book. To take time for myself and catch up on my other hobbies –like reading, video games, and journaling.
Now that’s not to say that I won’t write at all. I do have another project that’s been on the back burner –so I might work on that some, but I don’t want to do anything writing related that may come with a deadline. If I write during this time I just want to do it without obligations. I want to write freely and give myself a much needed break.
Since Clara and Ezra‘s release, I’ve been working on Clara and Daphne 6 days a week –sometimes 7. I didn’t schedule any break time, and when I did take a break from the book it was usually do to being overworked and stressed. From burn out. This certainly isn’t how I want to feel when writing, and it certainly isn’t a healthy way of writing in the future if I want to stay productive and on time with my deadlines.
So as July comes to an end, I’m looking back at all I’ve done these past couples of months and giving myself a break. No commitments, no guilt, no pressure. Just some time to think and relax. So that when my CP gets back to me I’ll feel refreshed and inspired with (hopefully) new ideas. And I’ll be ready to get back to writing this story I love.
Anyways, I wanted to share this because I feel like as writers we work long hours and never realize or admit how taxing those hours can be. We pressure ourselves to keep up with everyone else when really I think we all could use some more scheduled breaks.
As for how to deal with writer’s burn out in the future? I’m not sure I have all the answers yet, but I think smaller daily goals (especially word count goals) and scheduled breaks are definitely key. With my next book I’ll test this theory more and get back to you.
But for now, this is me reminding you it’s ok to take a break from your work. Your story will be there when you’re ready.