12 Times It’s OK to Put Writing Aside for a Minute

Sometimes it’s OK to take a break.

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1. It’s the end of a long week and it can wait.

2. You’ll write it much better in the morning.

3. You just got a formal rejection and you need a second to breathe.

4. You need to focus on a different part of the publishing process, such as querying or editing.

5. You’re unwell. Mentally, physically, emotionally, all of the above.

6. Your family needs you.

7. A friend needs you.

8. Your fur/human babies need extra love.

9. You have to study/finish a project/focus hard on something for the time being.

10. A Big Life Event has become your temporary priority.

11. You just finished a big writing project and want to give your brain a rest.

12. You’ve been working hard. You just need a break. And you deserve one.


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.


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