Monday, December 8, 2014

A Writer's Rest and Relaxation

All year I have been writing and revising.

I am somewhat of a perfectionist and want everything just right or should I say,  just write.

I have been working and working on one of my middle grade manuscripts and finally decided to send it out again - with the many changes I made to it this year.
So, with fingers crossed, I took the plunge and sent it flying out into the world.

I also finished two new picture books, that I just love, and sent them flying out into the world.

Now - I wait.

Every now and then I suffer from writer burn out. That is what I am doing now. So, I have been taking a break and getting caught up on other things.

These burn outs usually do not last very long. I know by the first of the year, I will be at it again - working on my ideas and typing away at the computer.

Soon I will return with regular posting.

Our local library had their annual writing contest and Thursday there will be a reception to announce the winners and have them read their winning entry. I was notified that I placed, so I will be there. That may be just the nudge I need to start writing again. 

Do you ever get writer burn out?
Do you ever feel like you have to take a break - even if it is just a little one?
What gives you the nudge to start writing again?

I think my nudge is that I have to write and I am not happy until I put the words down on paper. As the main character of one of my middle grade manuscripts says, I get so full up, I think I am going to explode.


  1. Enjoy your time recharging. Have happy holidays. Congrats on the win in the contest.

    1. Hi Rosi. Thank you and a Merry Christmas to you, too.

  2. Good luck with your submissions! Sometimes it's nice to take a break and recharge.

    1. Thanks, Andrea. I'll be writing again real soon, it doesn't take me very long to recharge.

  3. Congratulations on placing in the contest!

    I often have the urge to take a break, especially if I'm struggling with my current novel or project. But I try not to stop writing altogether. Even if I put my story aside for a while, I still write my journal - even if I'm just listing events that happened during my daily life. Of course, sometimes you might need a total break from writing - it depends on how you feel and what kind of person you are. If you're not enjoying writing, perhaps it's best not to force yourself.

    I find reading is the best thing to get me inspired and start writing again. After all, I would never have started writing if it wasn't for reading. When I read my favourite books, I'm reminded why I write, and what I love about words.

    Best of luck with whatever you choose to do!

    1. Hi Ann. Thanks and don't worry I'll continue writing. I enjoy it too much to quit. thanks for your encouragement.

  4. Taking a break can definitely help me recharge. Sometimes there is so much going on we can get exhausted. The library event sounds like fun. Congratulations on placing. We never know when those nudges will show up and send us in the right direction. :)

    1. Thanks, Jess. And, I agree with you about those nudges.


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