“Yes, you’re allowed to take a break. Yes, you deserve it. I did quite a lot of writing this week, and I’ve managed to set the tone for my novel. That is something that usually takes a lot of time. I feel like I can breathe again, I feel like I can finally see the direction my novel is taking and I’m excited to see where it goes. However, with all that is and has been happening lately, I’ve been too busy to really sit down and enjoy the process, and that is OKAY. Today is Monday, my blog post is really late, but I needed today, and I’m starting to learn that I don’t have to be as hard on myself creatively. I’m starting to learn to appreciate what it is I write.”
I’ve always been a stickler when it comes to staying on schedule, and I’ve had quite a laid back day today. So much so I really didn’t feel like pulling out my laptop and writing. It was in that moment that I decided to write. I have been getting better at allowing myself to take the time I need, and balance my work well. That is something I’m going to have to work around once school ensues. Though, I’m ready. I’m ready to work towards everything I felt I should’ve accomplished by now, I’m ready to take my creativity to the next level and do what I can to make my writing process as enjoyable as it once was.
It is hard. It is hard when there are so many other things that have your attention. It is hard when you find that you can’t find room to think. It’s like, “When will I find the time to sit down and continue?”
And it’s so easy to see that turn into,
“Is it even good enough to continue?”
The answer is yes. I deal with this a lot, and I’m sure a lot of other writers do as well. That feeling you get where you’re ready to scrap everything and begin again. There are times when this may be the right move, but there are times when it is necessary to push through and get it done. When I began to ask myself what the difference between the two was, I realized that that all depends on how I see my work, how I see my personal creative process. There will always be things that I am going to want to change, but the sole thought of this story I am currently writing brings me nothing but joy and fulfilment. That is what’s important.
“Even though today was not as productive as it could’ve been, I’ve learnt that it’s okay to let it go. I appreciate the work I’ve done this week, and I will continue to work as hard as I can, remembering that taking a break once in a while won’t send my novel into a downwards spiral. It may be just what my words need to make the next chapter worthwhile.”
Everyone’s writing process is different, appreciate yours for what it is, and work with it.
Get that novel done.