Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Breaking Instead of Quitting

No, I don't mean a metaphorical breaking of my insides or brain as I wait to hear from agents and for inspiration to strike so I can gain some steam in writing. I mean a writing break. I've heard people talk about quitting (and by people I mean writers) but the idea of never writing again doesn't sit well with me. I can see writing for yourself and stepping away from the publishing side of things, but altogether? No.

Breaking, on the other hand, I can definitely get on board with. With two of my pregnancies I stepped away from the computer for months. I was exhausted, emotionally and physically, and writing wasn't my priority. Taking care of myself and the kids was. Once the new baby and I got into a routine, writing became a part of my life again.

Then there are those many mini-breaks I've taken over the years after finishing a manuscript or when I just can't do it anymore. I'm in full support of taking time off. But quitting? No, not possible. What about you guys? Have you ever thought about quitting, or do you take breaks like I do?


  1. I took writing breaks during periods of time when I was pregnant and shortly after I had both children. I had terrible morning sickness (they should really call it 24/7 sickness!) with both pregnancies and it was impossible to think about writing when I was dealing with that.

  2. I have taken breaks before. I've thought about quitting before, too, right up until another idea came along. ;)

  3. Great post! I think breaks are great -- they actually allow you time to reflect and refocus. Good luck meeting your goals!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen at YA Romantics