Sometimes you need to take a break. You can’t be healthy, happy and at peace if you don’t allow yourself to step away for a while. I know writers who write every day. Many of them write at a certain time every morning. Not writing on one day can make them feel immense guilt. What do they do? They usually catch up the next day with extra time and words. In my case, I allow myself longer breaks between each book to focus on marketing activities, mental well being and brainstorming for the next story. If my break goes over a couple of weeks, I start to feel worthless. Then I see other writers tweeting about their word counts or upcoming releases, and I get back to my laptop. But you see, that’s not right. Writing shouldn’t seem like a daily chore. Great story ideas don’t come every day and they take time to culminate into great plots and characters. So after the last one week of suffering from food poisoning, low blood pressure, and anxiety, I’ve FINALLY put down a rule in my personal rule book: We are all on a unique path. We all have a different writing process. Every writer has different sets of priorities. I will NOT feel bad if others are writing when I am not writing any words.
In fact, whenever I have allowed myself to let other writers’ progress get to me, it has made me miserable. It’s like every other aspect of life; comparison kills. Don’t do it. Hug your cats, take one in your lap, and start writing or booping their noses — whichever makes you happiest at that moment.