Relaxing? What is that?

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I had five kids out yesterday! It made for a quiet day, but FIVE?

And my class won a field trip for raising the most money with the fundraiser. I don't know if you remember, but I loathe field trips. But the kids were sure happy. No idea where we'll be going.

My mom pointed out that I never relax, that I'm always working on something. I told her I'm afraid to stop writing. I couldn't explain why, exactly, but I still don't have a second book ready for Samhain, or for TWRP Champagne line. I'm still aiming for NY, now with my contemp romance, my historical and my paranormal. I have 3 books to revise, not counting the historical, and 2 more books plotted out, not to mention a ton of ideas that I'm itching to write. I don't see a time when I could take a break in the immediate future, lest an opportunity passes me by.

Do you feel that pressure? Do you give yourself a break? If you do, do you feel guilty?



Jennifer Shirk said...

I DO give myself a break--but if it goes on for too long I feel guilty. LOL!

Marianne Arkins said...

I HATE not writing... hate it. I hate not having anything out for submission (and right now, all I have out is a short story to Womans World, ACK!). No, I don't do breaks. Ever.

Anonymous said...

Mar, I am just now back to writing after NOT writing for a year. It is hard, but I am doing it and loving it. And that is what I look I loving it? I could not bring myself to write romantic fiction after my Dad's death---to be blunt, it felt ridiculous in comparison to what I'd been through. But now, a year later, my love has returned, I am writing in a whole new genre, and I am focused on the future. Yes, I took time off. A LOT of time. But I think if I hadn't given myself that time, the love would not have returned. I am so glad that it has. Each person has their own way. I know exactly what I want as an author. You know your goals as well. Don't worry about others. Follow YOUR way.


Natalie J. Damschroder said...

I'm big on reading/TV relaxation time, and I'll occasionally take an intentional week off (or, unintentionally, December!), but yeah, I feel guilty the whole time.

Anonymous said...

I try not to write, but I get really grumpy. I think I fall into the I write because I have to group. When I'm not working on a manuscript, my journal writing gets longer and longer. It's terrible drivel.

MJFredrick said...

How long do you take a break, Jennifer? When does the guilt kick in? Mine is after only a day.

Marianne, you are very driven! With LASR on top of writing, and the Project Hubby, I don't see how you squeeze everything into a day. But yes, I hate not writing, too. It's almost therapy.

JoAnn, I'm so glad your love has returned! I don't think I could take that long of a break, though. Even when Gigi died, I needed the writing because it was something I could control.

Natalie, I'm big on TV/reading relaxing time, too (big surprise). I'm thinking about maybe taking a week during Christmas vacation and NOT writing, just reading, but I know I'll feel guilty afterwards for not using that time.

Liz, YES! I get grumpy when I don't write, too! Even when I don't know what I'm going to I said, therapy.

Anonymous said...

I edited like a maniac for the last 2 weeks and took yesterday off to clean. Today is blog hopping and then more cleaning and SHOPPING!! Argh. No groceries :)

I love Wall-e too :)

Anonymous said...

I guess mine was more than a break...I felt as if I wasn't going to write again. NOT a good feeling. But I am back... :)

I have a new blog on how I am getting back on track at my blogspot:


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