Thursday, November 20, 2008

Taking a break

Everybody needs a break someday right?

I feel the need to take one I think. Not from the Internet or blogging, I'm not crazy after all!

But from writing, which probably does make me crazy:-)

It is definitely not a long or permanent break, but I am in my really really busy season at work, am working late most days and with the holiday's coming, my time is just non-existent. I took a break last year, which was good as I'd just finished my first book and it needed to sit for a while so I could get back to hit with fresh eyes.

Now, that book is a year edited and I have two other books started, and a few really burning ideas in my belly that I'm itching to write. It hurts my heart this year to admit that I need can't handle it all.

I am NOT, and I repeat, NOT a quitter. I guess that's why I've had such a hard time admitting the need for this. I don't want to feel like I'm quiting. And deep in my gut I'm scared out of my mind that I'll get away from it and then give up because it's too hard to get back in the groove.

Too, and I haven't gotten my book out there as much as I would have liked this year. Understand the whole 'you're gonna get rejected a billion times before your accepted thing', but I'd hoped to get a heaping lot of those rejections over with this year so we could move on *grin*.

So then I start to think, maybe I put WRITING on the back burner a little and concentrate on sending out proposals and the like.

Then I'm realistic and know that in the hurried frenzy my mind is with year end (fiscal and calendar) coming up, there is no way I can commit the time and energy into getting out quality proposals and doing the research on the agents/publishers that are needed before I send out. And I do NOT want to send something at 80% right now and ruin my chances with that particular company.

So help me out here people. Has anyone else had to take a break (longer than a week) from writing? Have you survived, and HOW?

Any tips for this weary bone tired writer?

1 comment:

lynnrush said...

OH yeah. I've taken breaks for a variety of reasons.

1. Just had the whole writers block thing going on. I spent a week or so just reading books. Craft and recreational. Did some book reviews, etc.

2. To query and do proposals. I spent that week of writers block doing queries as well. Read up on them, drafted them, and sent some.

Overall, it was about a week, and I came back refreshed and ready to pound out some good writing.

So, go for it!