Why it’s okay to take a break

Once upon a time, I had… a friend. And this friend was a really, really good writer. She was, in my thirteen or fourteen year old eyes, practically a published author, even though she was about my age.

One day, I asked her if it was okay for me to take a writing break. I was exhausted, my creativity was running dry. I just wanted a little rest.

But she told me no. She told me that real writers didn’t take breaks.

So of course, I didn’t take that break.

 

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Maybe that doesn’t seem like a big deal- but it was.

I went over four months without taking any kind of break- four months added to a month of NaNoWriMo and two months of just normal writing. (No, NaNo is NOT normal writing. Trust me. *falls over*)

That makes about seven months. Of course, I may not be remembering the time just right, but it’s the same thing either way- I went ages without a break.

And then I crashed. Mentally and physically. My creativity well ran completely dry. I couldn’t write a word. I couldn’t really do much of anything creative. Not blogging, I could barely even bring myself to read.

I felt so, so, so guilty. After all, my friend told me that real writers don’t take breaks- anyone who’s serious about their passions don’t take breaks.

But it turns out, she was wrong. At least, I think so.

I’m not saying it’s good to take a break every time writing gets tough, every time you get writer’s block. A lot of times, you just have to push through writer’s block.

But not every time.

Sometimes, you just need to recharge. Do something fun. Or do nothing at all. It may sound lazy. It’s really not. It does wonders. Truly.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that you don’t have to listen to what people tell you. If you want to take a break, if you think you need one, I hereby give you permission to take one. So what if people say it’s not professional? It’s good for you.

It’s good to get off the computer screen and go read instead. It’s good to go outside. It’s good to go a week or two without worrying about how good your writing is.

Maybe you don’t know how to take a break, and that’s okay too. It doesn’t have to be a long break. Just shut off the computer, or at least Google Docs or whatever you use to write. Browse Pinterest to your heart’s content. Watch Studio C. I give you permission to do that.

And please remember that it’s okay to take a break. Maybe you don’t need one now, but if someday you do, don’t feel guilty. Please don’t. I did, and that didn’t turn out well.

I guess this post is just a ramble, but I wanted to say it. I just… I dunno, but here I am, writing it all up, and to be honest, it’s okay if no one reads it because it’s so short. It’s nice to get your thoughts out instead of them being pent up in your mind for eternity. Talking helps.

By the way, if YOU need someone to talk to, feel free to contact me. I think I’m a good listener. I like to listen. So.

Remember that you’re beautiful and loved, dear friend. ❤ You’re a piece of gorgeous art.

Love you guys,

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Blanket Burrito Blog Tour

What is the Blanket Burrito, you ask?

It’s a blog! A wonderful new blog! Run by the amazing Enni! (!!!)

You want to know more about the blog?

The Blanket Burrito is a blog for all things warm and cozy. In case that doesn’t sound specific enough, you’ll be able to find posts that mostly revolve around books, tea, and comfort food and drinks. It’s also a place for all blanket burritos to commune and be our wonderful selves.

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Poetry

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Hello, lovely readers!

I’m sorry it’s been a while. Life has been pretty busy. Right now, I’m on vacation in Europe, visiting friends and family of my mom’s (she’s Czech, and all her family is over here in Europe.)

Anyway, I’ve been experimenting with some poetry lately, and I thought I’d share some with you. It’s not very good, but I’m working on it. 🙂

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What I Learned at Camp

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Hello, lovelies! I’m back from camp! Well, I’ve been back for a while, but I’ve also been really, really busy.

I got sick the day I got home from camp, and all I can say is that I am so grateful I didn’t get sick while I was at camp. That would have been awful.

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Summer Bucket List 2019 (SUMMEER)

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For me, Summer starts when school is over. School is not over yet. ONE. MORE. DAY. *gasps* help me survive it. *groans and watches Studio C*

Well, since Summer is nearly here by my standards, I thought I’d share part of my Summer bucket list, because I actually have one this year and I intend to complete it all. (We shall see how that goes. Badly, probably. I’m not good with bucket lists.)

Let’s dive right in, hm? (Don’t actually dive into your computer screen, that would probably hurt. But I know you’re smart enough to know not to dive into a computer. Because you’re an amazing human being. Smile, dear reader. You’re beautiful. <3)

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Heroes Of Legend Tag + Other Awards/Tags

Heroes of Legend Tag + Other Tags_Awards

 

Hello, lovely readers! How are you faring? I hope you’re all good. ❤

Anyway, you might have guessed from the title, but I’ve been tagged for some awards and tags by different people, so I’m going to put them all in one post. Thank you to everyone who tagged me!

Also, you may have noticed my new blog design. The splendid Jo did it for me! Thank you so much, Jo!

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Camp NaNoWriMo April 2019 Recap

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2019 Recap

Hello, friends!

So, yes. I took an unexpected hiatus for… two months? I didn’t mean to, but life got really busy. My family moved from the city into the country, I played Zazu in Lion King, did Camp NaNoWriMo, and we got ducks and chicks.

We’ve also encountered chick eating rat snakes, heard coyotes howling, and now have to drive an hour to get into town for my sister’s ballet and my musical theatre and for grocery shopping and other errands.

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