So you may or may not have missed me recently 😳 and I’ve missed you guys too! I decided to take a little break from writing my books because my brain was getting overloaded and somehow that extended into my blog too 😁 but it’s a new month and my writing flow is back in force so here I am with a little post about why I believe taking a break can be important…

1. Brain overload. Sometimes you can get too close to your story, your characters, your world and rather than helping it actually makes it harder to see everything! You become so bogged down in the details that it’s hard to make the big decisions. 

  

2. Internal autocorrect. This is an odd one but I find that if I proofread my work again and again in a short period of time, my brain starts to autocorrect the errors meaning that I don’t pick them out! The work is so familiar to me that I don’t notice minor typos or missing words because my brain autocorrects when I read them 😲 (this meme isn’t really right but it was so funny I had to use it)

  
3. My TBR. This is actually my favourite reason to have a writing break because I can spend that time reading! My TBR is out of control and this month I managed to read the first 3 Game of Thrones books 😍

  

4. You can actually read it like a fan when you go back! One of my favourite parts of writing is when I do a read through and have forgotten something I’ve written! And especially if I love it when I read it!! I’m the biggest fan girl going and there’s nothing better than being a fan of your own work πŸ˜†

  

5. Sometimes not thinking about your work helps you come up with the best ideas. I find that parts I may have found clunky to read will suddenly be easy to resolve when I found them impossible to fix before. Plot holes are  filled, characters are fleshed out, bad guys have made their moves and everything suddenly just falls togetherness!

  

So there you have it – I’m back with a bang and I’m on a crazy writing splurge πŸŽ‰ let me know if any of this works for you too or if you find anything else that helps ☺️xoxo

Advertisements

24 thoughts on “Why you should take a writing break every now and then! πŸ“šπŸ“

  1. I used the second half of November as a break month. It was good to take some time away from writing and blogging! You make a really good argument for taking a break – I do the same thing you do with autocorrecting when I re-read my work too soon!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Your presence has been greatly missed! πŸ™‚ I’m sooo glad you’re back, I was really thinking of emailing you to see if you’re still there or got lost in the cage of lies world. πŸ˜›
    GREAT POST!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I agree with all of this! I recently re-read my whole MS after not have read past the first 3 chapters for 6 months. And there were typos, dammit! Damn internal autocorrect!
    And, like you, I had a good experience reading my book like a reader. I found myself grinning with glee in anticipation of what was coming up next. I hope that’s a good sign.
    Great post, great to have you back!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Oh man! #1! I totally get that one all the time. I’ll do a round of edits and then I’m like… ‘someone else has to read this. I don’t know what’s going on anymore’ but really I know too much of what’s going on. It’s hard to see it clearly. This kind of meshes into #2, as well. I know what happens. So, I read faster, skipping over the errors. *sigh*

    I think #4 is fantastic! You /should/ like what you’re writing and being able to really enjoy it fresh-minded like a reader as opposed to a writer is the best part!

    Liked by 1 person

      1. Yeah even my betas missed it πŸ˜ͺ it wasn’t huge just a character that I introduced too early (he would have been recognised by some others if he arrived when he did) but it meant changing about six chapters quite a lot *sigh* but at least I spotted it! xoxo

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s