On Not Writing

Yes, you read that title right.

There are a ton of blog posts out there on how to write, what to write, and everything in between. This is an odd post for me, because I'm promoting... well, not writing.

I don't know if it's just because revisions drained me, or because school and work are so consuming, but I haven't written anything new for a while now. Not even on the blog! Author Elana Johnson just explored this today, too. What she said rang so true with me: I don't force myself to write everyday. If I don't feel like it, I don't. I'll feel the writing tug again. But right now, I'm not. And so I'm not writing. Sometimes it's okay to just be a person too.

I think sometimes writers feel this pressure to write, just because it's what we're good at. It's what we do. Sure, we also love it, but sometimes too much of something can destroy that. Pushing ourselves is only good to a point. I remember my mom used to say that balance was so important. As kids have a tendency to do, I ignored it, thinking there was no such thing as writing too much. I get what she was saying, now.

Not that I'm done writing, of course not! I just need to take a step back and let the passion build again. Do the mountain of dishes. Go grocery shopping. Read a book. Catch up on Supernatural. You may have noticed that I haven't been by the blog in a while. Right now it's all about the balance. I do check the sites I follow every morning, and I miss you all, but I'm taking a few days. When was the last time you did the same?

Be back soon!