Wednesday, May 2, 2012
IWSG: Take a Writing Break Without Breaking Your Writing
In the mean time, we make our way back to normalcy. And since today is the first Wednesday of the month, that means it's time for drum circles and group hugs in the Insecure Writer's Support Group, which is hosted by Ninja Overlord Alex J. Cavanaugh.
My first post for IWSG was a self-pity party, so this entry's going to be more on the encouraging side.
After an April that saw me devoting more and more time to my blog and less time than normal to my writing, I can't wait to kick it into high gear now that I can return to my normal schedule. I was still submitting stories to fiction markets, so it still felt like I was working all month, but it was more than a little frustrating not to see the number of stories currently in submission rise any higher than when the month began. Now, I feel like a sprinter poised and waiting for the gunshot.
And honestly, I don't think I've felt this excited to write fiction since last year, when I made the switch from working on a novel to writing short stories. In hindsight, it feels nice to have distracted myself with something time consuming. It was like taking a break without sacrificing productivity. I have that itch to fill the creative void that's been left by a month of daily blogging, but there's very little of the guilt that usually comes from taking a lazy vacation or something along those lines.
So to the other insecure writers out there, I say: try it. The next time you feel the onset of burnout creeping in, don't just take a break between projects. Don't just relegate your writing time to television or video games for a while. Fill that time with something productive and rewarding, something you never thought you'd enjoy doing otherwise, preferably (and I think this is key) something that still involves the act of writing. You might be surprised at the result.