Why We Should Take A Break From Writing

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Clearing the Clutter.

I have been writing on Hubpages for over three years now. And I have loved every minute of it, but recently my ideas for hubs have dwindled into dribs and drabs and my brain seems to have given up.

So, after spending a great week down by the coast, I came back all ready to start writing again. And a funny thing happened.

I looked at the computer, then walked away.

So I tried again. and the funny thing was I just could not open that darn pc cover.

A complete blank

It wasn't just the fact that my mind was a complete and utter blank slate with nothing worth saying, it was actually the fact that I didn't even want to start it up, or even look at it.

Then I started to panic. Have I lost my mojo? Has any creative writing that has always floated around my brain suddenly taken a jump out the window?

So, I put the pc away and did what other people do. I sat outside, went for walks and generally burned myself sitting in the sun. And its hot. We are having a heat wave. Maybe that was why?

No, I didn't think so.

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Why we should take a break.

It suddenly dawned on me. The reason why I hated, yes hated, the idea of writing. It was because I had got into the bad habit of totally exhausting myself when I was writing.

I stayed up until three in the morning writing hubs, reading other fascinating stories and real life articles by all you wonderful hubbers, and yes, I got totally worn out. I was addicted. Now I know that others have said this before, but believe me, its true!

After coming back from my vacation, the idea of sitting up till three every darn morning was terrifying! I knew just by looking at the computer I was going to start again!
Hence my panic.

If you are beginning to feel that the computer is taking over your life then:

  • Go on vacation.
  • Put the pc in a cupboard and leave it there for a week.
  • Ignore the temptation to take the pc out of the cupboard!
  • Get a dog, and just keep walking.
  • Read tons of books, then read some more.
  • Go out with friends for lunch, dinner or even a midnight snack!
  • Get to bed early.
  • Get to bed even earlier, do ya hear me?!
  • Clean your house from top to bottom.
  • Then do it again!
  • Join a class.
  • Buy a metal detector and go dig up a farmers field! You never know, gold may be in them thar hills!
  • Don't panic, the writing will come back. Just chill!


Then It Dawned On Me.

The the light came on, so to speak. I soon realised that I didn't have any great ideas to write about. All the hubs that were my most popular were my original ones.

For some reason I felt that the stuff I was now writing wasn't worth diddly squat. So, in affect, I lost my nerve.

I think I was trying too hard, thinking about writing every second of the day and night, and after having a great time on holiday I hated the idea of being drawn once again into the world of habit and addiction.

I also realised that the writing was no longer exciting or pleasant. I remembered when I wrote my more popular hubs. I was so fascinated by the stories I just couldn't wait to get them down on paper, so to speak.

But then I got complacent, and felt it was a chore.

And that's why we all need to take that break.

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Now?

Now I feel refreshed, and champing at the bit so to speak. I feel that I am now back in charge and can't wait to get writing.

Oh yeah, that's what I am doing now isn't it? lol!

So, if you feel that your writing is taking over your life. And you find that you no longer have that excitement to write, take a break.

A week, a month, darn it even a year. Then when you come back, you will feel so much better.

It's great to be back.

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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

I've been on break for at least 3 months. Once in a while I get the urge to write, but I lack the time and concentration. I'm ok with this. I still take time to read. Family first, everything else after. BTW you could never lose your mojo ;)


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Great to have you back! I walk away plenty anymore and it does feel good. Even though I still stay up too late, read way too much, I can now walk away, that is the secret, learning to do that and not worry about it. It's like getting your life back huh?

I heard Kate was due on the 11th and gone to stay with mommy? Gee I was just like that with my first, I felt like a cow with people saying, haven't you had that baby yet? Poor Kate, no air conditioning, with all those millions, what is up with that? lol

^


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Oh Nell, I can relate. A few weeks ago i was so burned out that i couldn't read a hub. I thought my writing was coming to a sad end, then one day i opened HP and found some beautiful poetry and i was hooked again. I do believe we must take a break until we find joy in writing again. I am soo glad to see you back and please tell us about your new arrival when it happens, ( Royal Baby ) Cheers my friend...


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Gail Meyers 3 years ago from United States

This is good advice and a nice reminder. It is so easy to either be full on or full off with writing. Balance? Moderation? Nope! lol I am glad you had a nice vacation and welcome back.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I take weekends off now, and soon I'll cut down on HP to two hubs per week...it's all part of a master plan I'm working on. Good suggestions and I agree with you...a break is necessary.


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CMHypno 3 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

So true what you have written Nell. I think that the kick comes when you write because you need the money. Unfortunately that can turn what is supposed to be a joy into a bit of a soulless slog. The best hubs are the stories you can't wait to write, that really resonate with you, but are not necessarily SEO winners


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Hi Nell, I'm sure this resonates with most of us, you've put into words exactly what I've been feeling lately. I've also taken a step back to refocus and get some perspective. It would be a pity to miss out on the wonderful sunshine we are having, so I'm making the most of it.


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tsmog 3 years ago from Escondido, CA

Hello and awesome read Nell. Taken to heart and I agree. The interesting part is as we transition as writers, communicators, and presenters of information, well, communication transition. Which leads is the question. The contrast and compare is daunting.

Thank you for sharing your heart leading to a glimpse of a soul. Most assuredly Sir Philips Sydney would offer a compliment as poetic. Seems it did fill the shoes of both being delightful and most certainly does offer teaching. Kudos are offered.

Do have a great day one smile at a time . . .

Tim


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Linda, I totally agree with you, family first, then the writing, we sometimes forget when we write that there is a real world out there! lol! thanks!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Jackie, totally! lol! as for our kate we are all still waiting! lol! let you know we it happens, mind you I expect it will be on your tv news too, nell


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Diane Woodson 3 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

You have some great ideas here, and I think more of us should take some of this advice and stop stressing about our writing or the lack of it! Great Hub and very well written!


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Taking a break really helps. Great write.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Nell, we all need to take a break from time to time or we spiral into a state of burn-out, which can also lead to stress and other physical problems. You did yourself justice by listening to yourself. Glad you're back!


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peoplepower73 3 years ago from Placentia California

Wow, I thought I was the only one that felt that way. I used the performance graph to motivate me. But I haven't published a hub in weeks and my graph is in a downward trend. I thought what is the worse thing that can happen?...nothing. So now I'm taking a break. I need one more hub to make it to 50 published hubs...but who cares. Thanks for this hub. Voting up, useful and sharing.


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Les Trois Chenes 3 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

I know how you feel - I feel like that about s many things, but not, as yet, my writing. I love the start of an article, but get bogged down with what I call the 'work' - links for photos, editing etc. I'm sure your enthusiasm will return in due course, Nell.


Justsilvie 3 years ago

I do understand. I have a number of Hubs I have started and have put on hold. It may be an age thing for me, or moving or I am realizing just how beautiful life around me is and the computer is cutting into that time.

Enjoy your break, Nell... so much life out their just waiting for us... this will always be here waiting.


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quicksand 3 years ago

Well, I had to have a break for a month and a half, and when I got back I did not even have the "energy" to read a single e-mail. There is this great compulsion to catch up with backlog. Dunno where to start. Wherever you start (LOL!) you can never finish! But, who wants to finish anyway?

Cheers!


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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

Hi Nell Rose,

We all need to restart our bodies like w restart our computers. Nothing should take over one's enjoyment of life, love and family. I for one need a timer on my time---so when it goes off---I will stop and rest. I forgot to stand in the "Common Sense Line."

I am happy you are back Nell Rose---you are always missed.

Bobbi Purvis


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bac2basics 3 years ago from Spain

Hi Nell. Good to have you back and now the mystery of "where is Nell" is solved. I thought you had jumped ship to bubblews lol.

I´m taking an enforced break really as am so busy with other stuff just now ( it´s peak season and I have to keep things up to scratch for visitors) plus I too just can´t think of anything I want to write about just now either. Still hooked on checking my data and having a look at analytics at least twice a day though.

I´m pleased you had a nice time out and are now feeling so much more refreshed if a bit singed round the edge´s..really Nell with your colouring you should be lathering on the factor 1000, slapped wrist over and done with, good to see you back :)


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

Great advice! My schedule break is coming soon and I intend to enjoy it. Thanks for sharing!


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Nell, I am with you on this, being jerked around is not fun.


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point2make 3 years ago

Thanks for sharing Nell and for putting things into perspective for me. I've had a bit of difficulty with my writing lately and I think a little of break might be exactly what I need. Great hub!


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

I agree with you on this Nell. Writing non-stop or working non-stop on any other work, does exhaust us and we do need that break at times. Thank you for sharing these tips and advise with us. They are useful and will be helpful. Voted up and sharing.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Ruby, for a second I thought you meant me! Haha! yes the royal baby! I feel sorry for the photographers in this heat, they are all hanging around Buckingham Palace waiting for news of the baby, and we are in the 90s heat wise! phew! glad you had a break too, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Gail, glad to be back, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Lol! master plan, now I want to know what it is! thanks billy!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Cynthia, so true, and yes money really was the issue, but not any more, I am going to get a little job and just enjoy writing, fingers crossed! lol! thanks!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks everyone, I am so glad its not just me! lol!

And hi anne, yes I have slapped on the factor 50! Haha! seriously hot over here, and I am loving it! thanks as always, nell


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

It's not just you, Nell. There seems to be a current epidemic of lassitude affecting HubPages writers. I, too, have succumbed to it.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi drbj, maybe its the time of year? all the sunshine and outdoor things going on, I know I feel better writing in the winter, sorry to hear its got to you too, and thanks for reading, nell


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

Everyone needs a break. It feels good to get away from the computer and get into real life.


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JannyC 3 years ago

Yep so true for I am Baaaaack. I recently took a 9month break from writing to bake and birth twins! Hahahaha. Once they were born I started writing again. Will be posting my latest works soon ;)


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LillyGrillzit 3 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

I had a break imposed on me by no internet, I wore my computer out, and there was nothing I could do about it. As much as I Love you, Ruby and the others, I learned the hard way that without renewed experiences out side, away from the computer I became stagnant. At least weekly, I go to some new spot, camera in hand, waiting for a new experience to cross my path. Thank you for this Hub. I know many of you felt I was not giving 100% back to the community, but we must live to write. I still love you all, and come back a few times per week, read your stuff, vote you'all up, and share your work on various media. I do not always take time to comment, as I am writing. Hugs and More Hugs.


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ChitrangadaSharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

I completely agree with you that we should take a break from writing occasionally. I think it will definitely rejuvenate us with new ideas. I do take it easy-----mostly writing a hub, once in a week. Although I do login almost everyday, to read other's hubs, writing comments etc. But there are so many other things to be done in our regular life.

Very interesting hub indeed! Thanks for sharing your experiences.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Right there with you Nell. Must be that three year thing. I've been trying to write a hub this week but my batteries are just in need of a good recharging. I'll definitely be taking some of your advice and taking a break, hoping for a new perspective to come along.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Peg, yes you may be right there, I have no idea why I stopped for a few weeks but it panicked me! lol! thanks for reading, nell


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

It's good to have you back again, but don't overdo.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi chitrangadaSharan, that is so true, we need to keep it balanced, thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Lilly, we all do it in our own way, and you are so right, we need to walk away to really see life on the outside before we can write about it, great to see you! nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Janny!! yeah! lol! great to see you! congrats on your twins, way to go! lol!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi truth, thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Deb, I will take it easy with my writing, I didn't realise just how addicted I had got, three in the morning! what? lol! thanks as always, nell


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

Nell Rose: you are a mind reader! I have been on a HubPages sabbatical for about 3 weeks.....I have no inclination to write anything! Some of my problem is fear: yes, fear! 1. Fear that my new Hub won't be up to HP standards. 2. Fear that my income is slowing down, so why bother to write? 3. Fear that I can't write anything original that Google will find.

My fears along with personal problems all add up to my taking a break from writing.

Thanks for putting into words what I have been feeling lately.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi mary, that's it exactly isn't it? I think its because we don't feel secure anymore on here sometimes, and yes the money has dropped too. ever since they took the ads away when we first publish, why can't they bring them back, then if its not up to standard take it away again? and of course the originality of it too, I think we all think this sometimes, but I seem to be writing again, fingers crossed it doesn't dry up again! lol! take care, nell


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Dearest Nell,

Boy are you so right here!!! We all need a break to rest and allow our minds to function properly again! Stop and smell the roses, literally! Yes, many nights that go into the wee hours of the morning, only to get up to go to work in the city for 10 hours and return on that hour commute and start writing again or try to, and comment and . . .

Ahhhh, oops, sorry, I need to get away!

Thanks for the insightful hub here as to the reality we all must heed at some point to avoid major burn-out!

Voted up ++++ and sharing

Blessings, Faith Reaper


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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas

I've found lately that I don't have the impetus to write on Hub Pages that I once did. I think I'm rather overwhelmed with all the new policies, etc. and my muse has "gone south" during the various processes. I, too, am taking a breather and hope I'll want to write again soon. Best/Sis


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

It is obvious from all the comments dear Nell that you hit this nail squarely on the head! As much as we love to write sometimes you just need to refresh and a break is the way to go.

So glad you are back and looking forward to your great hubs.

Voted up, useful, and of course interesting.


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christopheranton 3 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

It's great to have you back also Nell. Your ability to engage your readers hasn't diminished from your having a break either.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

Nell, I find myself taking a break every now and then. I will wander away from my computer and settle down with my jewelry supplies or my cross stitch. Sometimes I think they save my sanity. I agree we do need to break from writing once in a while. Up and absolutely awesome.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Koffee, christopher, mary, Angela, and Faith, yes its one of those things we need to do, I know it freaked me out when I just couldn't open the pc, and walked away! my break was just what I needed, now I am back and ready to keep writing, but make sure that I take breaks and not stay up till 3! thanks nell


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Maggie Bennett 3 years ago from New York

I can so relate to this article. I am rather new to hub pages and I took a break very recently myself. Writing should happen when I feel fascinated and excited. It shouldn't be a chore.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Maggie, that's it exactly! good luck with your writing, and thanks!


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK

Nell, I was reading this and nodding my head as I did so - I totally understand those feelings you had because I am having them too. I have decided to 'switch off' from writing until my enthusiasm for it returns, otherwise I will be writing tripe! I am enjoying the nice weather and indulging myself in other hobbies until I decide to return to writing. I know my mojo will return but I am not pushing things.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I hear you loud and clearly very important points mentioned here to take a break from writing, and so agree with you. will do soon.


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Deepak Chaturvedi 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

The truth is- writing is not a easy job.It is a painful experience and also take most of your energy. So idea would come when you take a short break.Nice thoughts good hub.


Hillary 3 years ago

Hi Nell,

If you're able to read this then I guess I've outsmarted HP ;)

I'm so glad you've discovered the pleasure and reward of taking that much needed (and well deserved) break from writing. Over the past 9 months, I've discovered the joys of managing my on-line business and refreshing stale posts rather than writing tons of new ones. It's been rewarding in so many ways!

Always thinking of you!

Cheers,

Hillary


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Hillary, great to see you! yes you outsmarted them! lol! I am glad its working out for you, I am writing on here and a couple of other sites, but mainly still here. but we do need a break sometimes, hope you have a great weekend, and thanks!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks for your thoughts on this too Deepak, glad you liked it, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks DDE glad you liked it, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Jools, yes I think we all need a break and this weather is amazing isn't it? maybe that's why I have cut back a bit, saying that I am here again, just waiting for inspiration! lol! thanks!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Sorry Christopher, getting behind with my replies, always grateful, thanks!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks mary!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Angela, sorry it took me a while to answer, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Faith, I thought I had answered these but they seem to have disappeared! lol!


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I can so relate to this. I took a month off because of other things going on in my life that kept me busy. But when I found the time again I just couldn't seem to face it and yes writing felt like a chore. It has taken me another month to finally get into the way of things again. Right now I am just reading... the writing will come when it's ready no pressure.

'Take a break' that is really good advice for all of us. Thank you


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Rosemay, I think its information overload! lol! but don't worry you will get there again, thanks so much for reading, nell


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teaches12345 3 years ago

It is funny how fast time flies when you are on the computer writing. Great advice and ones that I must remember to follow.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks teaches, yes we forget what the time is and go to bed exhausted! lol!


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Great hub, Nell and so true. I have to be completely relaxed to write and for the creative juices to flow. I have over-written also at times. Writing is so intense for me and probably for you too. Writing too much can wear me out. Of course, I had writer's block for 30 years and really couldn't write until I retired from teaching. Now the ideas seem to flow easier. I think you are one of the most unique and creative writers here on HP and I am amazed at the topics you think to write about. You have quite the creative streak in you.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi suzette, thanks so much! you had writers block for 30 years? Wow! and I thought I had lost all ideas. glad you started again and write on here, because I love reading your hubs too, thanks suzette, nell


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WiccanSage 3 years ago

Too true... I mostly write for clients who have very clear ideas about what they want for their websites, news letters, books, etc. but sometimes I have to shake it up a bit going from fiction to nonfiction, or from education to home and garden. That's why I mainly started my Hub acct- to write about my love of my religion, something I don't get to do for work very often. Taking a break even from a topic for a while can recharge you and help you come up with great new ideas.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Wiccan, yes that's so true, just a change in writing style feels so much better, thanks so much again, nell


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA

I've been taking a break for a couple of months now. Summer is just too busy and I just don't have the desire to write now. With the down traffic, it doesn't give me any incentive.

I love the photo you used at the top and I am happy to hear it is good to take a break.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Barbara, yes it's a bit depressing with all the loss of traffic, so I hope you are enjoying your summer, and thanks!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Good morning Nell

This is so true. I have gone through periods when I questioned my writing and the whole why of it. Taking a break seems to be the way make this work for us.

Spending so much time on here reading other's work and then working on our own can be taxing and draining...I sometimes hear myself saying...it is so much work. the writing is not the work...the writing seems to come from some place and take over. (I have hit walls in the past where no words came though...for sure.)

It is the fine tuning for me that is the work. The editing and re-editing...as I have a hard time seeing on my computer and miss things. I usually do work on word so I can enlarge it. And then looking for the right quotes, the right video, the right photos..that is what makes me say it is work. But it is very satisfying and a way for me to say things I feel and send them off into cyberland.

However when a time comes again and it will when I feel this is too much, I will close my laptop and not look back till I am re-energized.

Thanks for sharing this, Nell. I am bookmarking it to remind myself to take a break when it is time

Angels are on the way to you this morning. Have a lovely Saturday ps


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks pstraubie, and I hope you have a wonderful Saturday too, and thanks again. Angels on the way!


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

Well this had me intrigued because I have been in a summer slump and just returned from a vacation. I'm trying to get back in the writing groove and hoping that when my daughter returns to school that will help. I definitely think we all need a break from time to time. I have a journal full of hub ideas, now I just need to write about them! Great hub.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Glimmer, that's great that you have loads of new ideas, it does take time to get back into writing, so good luck, and thanks!


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

I totally agree with you. You have to; otherwise, you will burn out. Lol. Once you take a mini break, you will feel so liberated and more refreshed when you do come back.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi lovedoc, thanks as always, nell


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carter06 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

Good job Nell.. Yep it really can be addictive for sure!

I find I have to prioritise my work week now as I have gone back to part time work again this year & choose to spend much of my time writing

novels leaving me little time to write hubs! Taking a break is a life saver especially when it takes over your life! Tweeting & sharing this one! Cheers


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi carter, yes it can take over a bit can't it? lol! good luck with your novels, I really must get to writing another one, I just keep putting it off! thanks for reading, nell


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Erin LeFey 3 years ago from Maryland

Hi Nell,

I know this feeling all too well! I woke up one day almost two years ago now and my mind was blank! It scared me so much. I attributed it to having to do so much with working and school. After all there just weren't enough hours in the day for all my school work and to write on hubpages. And it made me so sad. I thought my mind had just shut down those creative juices as some sort of self preservation because my personal life had gotten so busy.

So I made my break from the hub for a while and fully intended (and hoped) to come back when the workload lightened.

I used to have to write because there was just so much going on in my head. It used to come so easy. Its been two years now...I find I can write research articles, stuff for school, and plenty of work things...but the creative element has taken a long, seriously long vacation. I'm really afraid its gone forever.

I'm so glad that you found yourself again after only a few weeks. I really enjoy reading your hubs. They are always so interesting and different.

Love, Erin


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

HI Erin, lovely to see you! yes I am just commenting on here at the moment because I haven't been well, still not good, so I just answer stuff, my writing has taken a real dive over the last couple of weeks, glad your back though, and thanks!


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Hi Nell, I love this hub, I think it speaks for all of us, I know it does for me. I have this bookmarked and I come back when I fee frustrated. I get so discouraged when I have just published a hub and HP lowers my hubber score. It makes me want to quit, even if I do love HP. It seems like they are saying "no one wants to read what I have written" and makes me want to give up.

I feel so close to you because I have a husband who is ill and the "Count down to a miracle" is true. I was writing this while I was in the Hospital waiting room.

I hope your health improves and you can write more. I know what it is to be ill.

Voted up, UAI, liked, shared and pinned.


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vwriter 3 years ago from US

I've been in a slump as well. I believe it was due to spending 6 months with my dying sister-in-law. She kept saying, "Live life to the fullest." I realized I needed to prioritize my thinking and life. However, I'm slowly coming back to writing and know now that it fits into my life but should not be consuming me.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi vwriter, I am so sorry to hear about your sister in law, and what she said is so true bless her. I am glad you found time to write, because its part of us all, and thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Shyron, don't give up on your writing, we all enjoy reading your articles and even if we slip down on google we have each other don't we? all of us read each hub, so who cares about anybody else? lol! seriously, I hope your husband is better soon, and take care, nell


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

You can become burned out from anything, no matter how enjoyable it once was. I don't think you could ever lose your mojo, but take time for yourself as needed and regroup.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Flourish, thanks so much, yes we do need to take a break sometimes, and yes my mojo has come back! lol! thanks!


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rdsparrowriter 2 years ago

Thank you Rose... I'm glad to know that I wasn't the only one who have gone down this road of emptiness :) Well, I'm practically stuck from what I normally write about, so finally after 5 weeks I managed to write something totally different from what I like. Great advice to have a break and read other cool work of writers :) " IF YOU ARE STUCK, NEVER GIVE UP, JUST TRY IT IN A NEW WAY " :)


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi rdsparrowriter, that's great that you found your way back to writing again, and thanks so much for reading, nell


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mythbuster 2 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

Glad you came back and are enjoying writing again - your articles are awesome, NRose! :)


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks mythbuster, that's really kind of you to say that, so are yours! we both like similar and spooky stuff! lol!


lovedoctor926 2 years ago

Yes, you have to get away from that computer every once in a while. All these suggestions you've listed here are great ways to recharge your batteries. I had drifted away for two months I think and now I'm back. lol


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

HI lovedoctor, glad to see you back!


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Hi Nell, I need you to talk me down again.

Need to share this again.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks Shyron, come on you can do it, get writing! lol! look at something out the window then write about it, as long as its not the dustbin! haha!


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Thank you Nell, I could write about my dustbin and it is outside my window in plain view,

It is filled with brush and rubbish and garbage too,

This is really true

It is tall and green like Kermit, and my recycle bin is blue.

Thank you Nell, now I know what I should do

What name do you use on Bubblews?


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Shyron, lol! now that's a great poem! I just use nellrose all together on bubblews, let me know who you are? thanks!


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

You wrote this for me without knowing it. I must get a life soon :) I love your hub so much, I'm sharing it all over the place - yes I am. Thanks dear Nell ~ Audrey


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Made 2 years ago from Finland

I really know what you mean. It's now been three months since I wrote a hub. Now I'm working on one that I hope I'll publish today. There have been so many other things for me to think about the last months. I haven't been able to concentrate on the writing.


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Paradise7 2 years ago from Upstate New York

Judging by the number of comments, lots and lots of people can relate to this. I know I can! I've been on a really extra-long break. I've got cancer, but that's really no excuse. That's not what's preventing me from writing now. I think, after a hundred or so articles, I just dried up, too.

And you know, you're right. It really helps to go have a life, from everything I've heard.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Audrey, Aw thanks so much! lol! I do think we all need to take a break sometimes, I actually get writers block and just sit there looking at the screen!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Made, I totally understand, its just that if we have other things on our minds our writing does suffer and disappear, good luck with your new hub!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Paradise7 sorry to hear you are ill, yes there is a place for writing but also for other things in life too, thanks, nell


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Hi Nell,

Great article and so relatable!!! I have been away for over 3 months, just busy living and loving life and all that entails. I do not think my break was intentional, but I, too, realized I was spending way too much time here and needed a break but I just could not seem to take a break, until life events actually forced me to take a break.

I am ready to get back at it and real soon too, as I am full of ideas and refreshed ... plus I just do not want to write something just to write, but something that means something to me. Although, I have not written, I have been reading and trying to stay caught up; however, as you have stated, writing, reading and commenting takes a huge amount of time out of one's life. And for me, that is a lot, being I am away from home 10 hours out of each work day, with an hour commute each way.

I do love HubPages and all the many great writers and friends, so I will never leave.

Voted up +++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

Hope you have enjoyed an awesome weekend.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Faith, thanks for reading, and good to see you back! yes sometimes we get so sucked into writing it takes over our whole lives, I for one never seem to go anywhere and just stay here writing, I need to go out more, nell


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

Welcome back Nell. It is good that found out that all you needed was some rest. At least you found out that you were not addicted to the PC or the writing as you first thought. I will keep this Hub in mind but I do not think that I will need it since I already take breaks all day, every day, I get 8 hours sleep, etc. I voted this up and pinned it.

Kevin


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks Kevin, yes this was a while ago, but it was total burnout for a few days! lol!

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