Digital Dame has some great advice and comments on her blog about writer’s block.
What I wound up doing this weekend, to continue my driving metaphor, was to pull into one of those rest stops you see along the interstate highways and take a break.
So I didn’t write at all this weekend. I read, watched television, and I went to see Watchmen with my daughter, who very kindly treated me.
As a result, today, I’m ready to get back into it.
So, sometimes, you might just need to take a break from writing. It’s not written down in stone that a writer must write every day though some would have you believe that. Trying to follow that particular “rule”, however, can stress you out more than anything, IMHO.
Not to say if you can pull it off, you shouldn’t write every day. And I’m sure there are writers who do and more power to them. But for some of us it’s just not feasible for any number of reasons. I say, write when you can however you can but don’t kick yourself if you miss some days, or even weeks.
It’s good to keep up a steady output but it’s also equally important to keep one’s mental equilibrium. Writing is hard work and like anything you work hard at, sometimes you just need to take a breather.