How many of us have experienced writer’s block? I have told people that I have not had this issue. But that is not how I should word it. What I do when I get stuck is work on another project. Another WIP that I can spend time on until I am ready for the one that slowed me down.
I work on multiple writings at any given time to keep my mind on point with the different genres, characters, plots, and more.
It keeps me writing, regardless of what, and moving forward.
I have heard from many writers who need time to walk away, some putting their projects down and simply walking away.
Getting stuck is not fun. Not knowing how to continue, how to improve, and how to get over the hump varies. What works for some does not for others. People who hear I write on more than one project will wonder how I do it. Or better yet, why I do it. But it comes in part when I need a break from another project or when I am stuck.
One thing that has worked is when I am so horribly stuck and not motivated to work on another project. I will write something, anything to keep writing. It could include a blog post, a tweet, working on editing, or hanging around other like-minded people. Things will keep me in the frame of mine of writing until I am ready to work on my current WIP.
Block from writing is not fun. It can plague and discourage us. But when it happens, write on something, anything to keep your creative mind going forward until your brain one day is ready to get back to your project.
Do you ever take a break from writing? I am not talking about if one is on vacation, the day gets away from you, and more.
I have had to take a break from writing due to an injury to my writing hand. Because that is how life works, it is always your dominant hand. LOLOL
So this month has been slow going. At first, I would heal a bit and then take a break. Eventually, I told myself I needed to stop until it got better. I was frustrated.
It made me think of the topic of this post. It also made me think of how I rarely take a break from writing. It gives me such a boost in a few ways.
But what makes you all take a break? Do you do it willingly, or do you have to?
Taking a break can be a good thing. Time away can make one refocus on the aspects of writing, such as plotting, character development, and setting. It can give y our hands time from the rigor of typing repeatedly and sitting in front of a computer. A break can be time to focus on family and other things you need to do or activities you enjoy.
At the beginning of this year, I told myself if I could write or do some form of writing, marketing, and edits 75% each month, that would be good enough for me. It has worked until this month when I am hen pecking things on my phone or computer.
The longer I am in this field, the more the view evolves on how I work on my craft. The more I’m okay with taking a break from it.
What time of the day is writing more productive for you? I ask for this reason. In an interview online, I wrote that I tend to write in the afternoon. I wait until I finish my errands and chores. A comment by a follower mentioned that she had not heard of a writer writing in the afternoon before. The owner of the site agreed.
That got me thinking. It is practical for me. I never considered writing first thing in the morning if it isn’t NaNoWriMo. It is hard for me to concentrate on writing if I have an errand, the fridge needs cleaning, laundry sorted, my animals cleaned, and more.
So, when do you write? When the mood hits me or when I have free time works for me.
Could I be more productive earlier? Yes, for again NaNoWriMo, if I want to win. I always want to win. I will get up early in the morning to get my word count. If I wait until the afternoon, it might not happen. Happily, I have attempted NaNo and have won all three times.
Apart from that, I tend to put it on hold until time presents itself.
If nothing comes on to write on toward a WIP, I will blog, or do something, anything, that goes toward writing, whether that is marketing, working on my social media platform, and more.
But everyone is different. What works for you is what matters at the end of the day.