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Hiatus's from writing novels and such

Updated on October 1, 2017
Taking a  Break from novel writing
Taking a Break from novel writing

Hiatus's On Novel Writing And Such

Writing can be limitless. There are numerous forms that can be used. People can write in the form of novels, short stories, memoirs, the list goes on. If you are a writer you know that writing is limitless and to get better at it, you have to work at it limitlessly. Each writer has a preference on what they prefer to write when it comes to deciding between the limitless writing possibilities.

Writing, however, can't always be done limitlessly, a person who writes does need breaks they can't always keep going. When a writer takes a break from their writing it gives their brain a rest, and it gives them a new perspective when they go back to write later.

Have you ever taken a hiatus from writing? If you have, what happens to your thought process? I have taken a hiatus from writing novels and writing on my blogs. It is not because I don't want to write, it is because other things come up and I can't focus limitlessly on my blogs and novels, and when I can't-do that I feel like I am forcing myself to make my brain work when my heart isn't in it. When your heart isn't in something you expel a lot more energy to accomplish the task at hand because you are forcing yourself.

I enjoy writing novels and have done so since I was 13. Have you ever tried writing a novel? When you sit down to write a novel do the words come easily? or is it hard to get words down on paper? When you can't think of what to write in your novel do you force yourself, just because you are a writer and that is what writers are supposed to do, or do you take a break and come back to it later? What if you get busy doing other things in life and you can’t write as often as you would like? Do you take time off from writing to get other things squared away? Most writers will do that because it will give them a break and in the end, help their thought process of the book they are working on.

When your thoughts are going in limitless directions, that is when you should take a break. if you keep writing when your thoughts are all over the place your writing will end up that way, and that is no good especially when you are writing a novel.

I have been writing novels since I was 13 years old. I always begin writing a new novel on the 1st of January. I don't write every day because life just won't allow it but when I do have the time to write more of the novel that I am working on, the writing comes limitlessly. This is because I am in the writing groove as I like to call it this usually lasts a few days sometimes weeks, or months depending on what is going on in my life at the time.

 How to take a break from writing by breaking writing rules.
How to take a break from writing by breaking writing rules.

The Break of Novel Writing

If you can't write your novel every day, don't worry about it. Writing is very time consuming and you can get so far into it that you forget about the rest of your life. That is not what writing is supposed to be so if you need to take a hiatus from it do just that. It will help your writing process in the future because it will change your mindset and give you a new perspective.

When you take a break from writing novels it is usually because you have been writing so limitlessly that you can't focus on it anymore and just need a change. At least is what I usually do, but I have just found my USB stick with all my novels on it again so I think that I am going to get back into writing them. Most of the time when you take a break from writing its because you need a limitless change in order to get your mindset back into whatever it is you are writing. At least that is the way that I look at it.

Some people will take a limitless hiatus from writing their novel because their heart and mind are not in it. When their hearts and minds are not into what they are writing they won't get the best out of it which is not good because every writer wants to put their best writing on paper so that people can read it, if they don't do that and can't-do that they don't feel as though they did a good enough job as writer. That is why some writers will take a limitlessly long hiatus or so it seems to the reader, and sometimes to writer too in order to figure out what their next move is when it comes to writing their novel.

However, most of the time when they do take a limitless hiatus from writing they are not really stopping there are just looking at it from a different angle. They might need a limitless change of scenery to come up with the next scene in the story or they might not have a topic for their next book and need to come up with that. That is why some writers take limitless hiatuses. I have told you why I have taken one, and sometimes that happens too but I am now raring to go and hopefully my writing will reveal it.

When you take what feels like a limitless break, when you come back you feel refreshed and revitalized and ready to tackle the hard part of the story that was plaguing you in the first place. Aren't you? That is the way I look at it because you have taken enough time off to look at what you have done and figure out how the story needs to change in order for you to finish it.

Writing hiatuses can be limitless but sometimes that is a good thing because when you get back into your writing the words will flow limitlessly from you and it will be some of the best writing you have ever done. That is what happens to me, and I hope that it happens when I get back to writing my novels this week.

Breaks are necessary take them

Writing hiatuses can give you a fresh new look at the writing you have already done. It is essentially a break to rest your mind and body from all the writing you have been doing. Everyone needs them once in awhile, especially writers, so if you are a writer you should be taking a break every once in a while. Sitting in front of a computer screen isn't all that good for you all the time you need to get up and move to keep your blood pumping so do that, take a break and go explore just because you are a writer doesn't mean you have to write all the time.

Have you ever taken a hiatus from writing if so how did it make you feel? Let's Discuss

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      Louise Barraco 18 months ago from Ontario

      I have taken a lot of time off from writing recently I think that I should get back into it, and see where it leads. thanks for the comment.

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      Lawrence Hebb 22 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      I've 'toyed' with writing a few times, and even got half way through writing a novel or so in the past but then the computer would crash or something else would happen and to be honest I'd get really frustrated as it was "One more project unfinished"

      This year I got the urge to start chasing that dream again, but this time writing here and getting to know some of the other writers I've found a way to work through some of those issues so that I'm a lot closer to completion than I've ever got before and I'm thoroughly enjoying every minute of the writing.

      You said that things get in the way and the truth is my Job takes up a lot of time, but this time I'm determined and that's meant finding a way round so that the job doesn't get in the way.

      My answer to that is to do the same that Dan Brown does, he gets to his writing desk around 4am to write for a while!

      The novel is a genre I love (action adventure) set in an area I love (The Middle East) and the heroes, well I'm an ex soldier!

      Maybe when the novel is finished I'll take a few days to 'chill' but I've got at least a couple of projects I'd want to start on that are 'screaming' to get on the screen!

      Sorry this seems a bit of a rant but I'm really having fun with this novel, I've serialized most of it on HP for folks to read.


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      Louise Barraco 22 months ago from Ontario

      I am going to try that the next time I write my novels.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 22 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      Like billybuc, after I have written the first draft I do something else entirely different, maybe even for weeks, so I can go back later and look at my work more objectively as I edit it.

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      Louise Barraco 22 months ago from Ontario

      I don't or didn't I haven't finished writing my novel that I started two years ago because I got busy but now I will get back into it

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I always enjoy reading the reflections of other writers. I usually take a break after the first draft of a novel is finished.

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      Louise Barraco 22 months ago from Ontario

      I have always been writing but I have taken time off of novel writing to do my blogs so I've never stopped writing really I have just started different things

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      Frank Atanacio 22 months ago from Shelton

      I've always enjoyed writing since I was ten.. I never took a hiatus from it because for me it has always been sort of therapeutic.. I know crazy, but it got me through all levels of education... :) Frank