1 At first, you feel kind of weird just … not writing.
2. But you get over it pretty fast.
3. Instead of procrastinating, you feel free to “slack off” without guilt.
4. For the first few days, anyway. Then the itch starts up again.
5. You start coming up with new ideas. Like … way too many new ideas.
6. You scramble to get them down without actually starting to write anything.
7. You try to tell your brain to shut up.
8. You actually consider writing just a few paragraphs … it’s tempting. Too tempting.
9. Then you remind yourself that this is a good thing. You’re giving your brain room to breathe.
10. You actually start to enjoy thinking through your ideas without actually working on them.
11. Then it’s the last day, and you can’t wait to start writing again tomorrow.
12. You remember why you started writing in the first place, and why you fell in love with it.
13. You come back ready to write again — and you no longer dread it.
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Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a staff writer with The Cheat Sheet, a freelance editor and writer, and a 10-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.
4 thoughts on “13 Things That Happen When You Force Yourself Not to Write for 1 Week”
Reblogged this on Author Don Massenzio and commented:
Check out this great post from the Novelty Revisions blog with 13 things that happen when you force yourself not to write for one week.
I went through the withdrawal recently when we traveled to Madeira and Lisbon, Portugal. It felt good to be free for 10 days. Back at it now! Nice post! 😀
Glad you’re back at it! Every once in awhile you just need to give your brain some room to breathe.
Amen to that, Meg! 😆