1. You need this break.
2. You’re exhausted, or unwell, or your energy and time are needed elsewhere.
3. You are not a failure, you are not lazy, you are not weak.
4. In fact, creators who know their limits are probably the strongest and most successful of them all.
5. You might be afraid that you’ll never write again if you stop now.
6. At first, you might feel relieved to step away. But you might, not long after, start to feel guilty.
7. Tell yourself, as often as you need to, that your writing can wait. It’s better if you wait.
8. You may not have been able to choose to keep writing. But you CAN choose to come back to it.
9. You will know when you are ready to start writing again.
10. There might not be a “moment” — you might not all of a sudden say, “I’m going to go write,” and do it.
11. But seasons do change. Your current season is one of rest, of reflection, of stillness, or slowness.
12. This is all to prepare you for what’s to come. Don’t be discouraged. Be excited for your future.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is an editor and writer, and a 12-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food, and Star Wars.