Tuesday, April 26, 2016

V is for Vacation

This year for the A-Z Challenge, I'm attempting to act like I know what I'm talking about and offering advice about writing.  Let's see how I do!

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Writers can go through stretches of great output, and these prolific times can result in lots of wonderful stories.  They can also, occasionally, result in burnout.  The words stop coming.  The story stalls, and you feel like you’re drowning.  You may find yourself at the point where you feel the pressure to write something even though you’d rather yank your hair out by the roots and run through the yard screaming.

This is the point where you need to set things aside and walk away.

I’m not saying that you should walk away forever.  You should, however, allow yourself the occasional vacation.  Writing, like any other job, requires a little downtime so you can recharge your batteries and enjoy the other parts of your life for a time. This could simply mean enjoying some time at home with your family.  It could involve a short day long road trip to see something interesting near where you live.  Or it could actually involve some kind of extensive travel.

Whatever you do, try something new that interests you, even if it’s something small, and have fun.  Afterwards you can return to your writing rejuvenated and with new ideas.


  1. yes! Walking is my greatest inspiration for writing :) I always carry a notebook with me because of that!

  2. yes we all need to break free for a bit. :)Great idea!
    #AtoZChallenge - V is for Videos

  3. Last week I had writer's burn out. It didn't help that I only had one day off last week (well, two, but one I got up early to go with the boss to a food show so it doesn't count.) Before then I had a great week of writing, so I guess my muse decided she needed a long nap.
    ~Ninja Minion Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

  4. After a major writing spree, I take a day or two off and read a book or binge on season of something on Netflix to recharge the creative juices. If it's just a little block in my daily writing, then gardening or working or something of the sort often help give my body something to do while my subconscious works out the next part of the plot.