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Why We Should Take A Break From Writing
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.
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.
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.