Do you always feel like writing? I would guess the answer is the same to the question, “do you always want to eat chocolate?” There are probably moments where writing is less attractive than others. Nothing we love doing is appealing 100% of the time.
Some writers have more attraction to the art than others, but there comes a time when we need to put the manuscript, short story, or blog down for a moment and do something else. If you’re like me and take your craft seriously this might induce guilt. After all, if we are writers we need to perpetually write, right? We need to crank out 2,000 words per day no matter the quality, no matter how we feel just to continue to hone our skills.
This is partially true. As I’ve said before in previous blogs, writing daily, or at least very regularly is key. Pursuing a goal often means doing something we don’t want to do or don’t feel like doing. We need to learn how to push through our “I don’t want to do it,” feelings and write anyway. We cannot wait for inspiration to come to us. Sometimes what it takes to find inspiration is to open a Word document and start typing. However, there is a balance to that idea. Someone who has found motivation and regularly writes can take a break, even if that’s for an entire day.
The problem with taking writing breaks only comes when the break is extensive, and the writer is waiting weeks or longer for inspiration to just magically arrive. If you claim to have “writer’s block” for six months, for example, then it’s more likely writing isn’t as big of a passion as you tell yourself (and that’s okay).
Days or moments will come when you just don’t have it in you to write much or at all. Sometimes a manuscript needs to breathe, and it helps if we come back to it the next day. If you need a break, take one, there is nothing wrong with that. This is especially true if you’ve already learned the discipline of writing when you don’t feel like it. Honestly, you are the best judge of when you should or shouldn’t write (again within the context of one who is disciplined).