Greetings all, John J. Horn here.
Today I'm sharing thoughts that are somewhat contrary to common writing advice, including advice that I give. Maybe this falls under the "learn the rules so you can break them" category. Or, maybe it's more applicable to the "do what I say, not what I do" principle.
Common writing advice is to write every day, even if it's just 100 words, write every day. Fiction is a craft with tools that need constant sharpening.
I agree with that, but I also think it's okay to take a break from writing.
I finished my last novel in July, 2013, and I have not yet begun my next one. That's because I prioritized two things for this year: Working a new job and studying online at an accelerated pace for a degree. I couldn't add writing a novel to that workload without it negatively affecting my responsibilities as a family member and other areas of my life.
All that is to say that we writers need to remember that writing shouldn't be our number one priority. Life happens, and sometimes we need to pick our fingers off the keyboard and go take care of more important things. And, we shouldn't feel guilty about doing so.
It would have been different if I had a publisher-set deadline in which to complete another book. When you commit to doing something in a timeframe, that something takes on a much higher level of priority. But before making such a commitment you need to be sure you can handle it and everything else that needs to be done in your life.
That's my two cents. Who else has had to take/is taking a significant break from the writing life? Do you ever feel guilty about doing so?
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