In my personal experience, I’ve noticed that a lot of us writers are incredibly busy people. From writing itself, to social media and promoting our work, to day jobs and side hustles, to our interpersonal relationships, other career goals, and all while trying to find time for self care, our days are packed.
This capitalistic cycle can leave a person feeling already exhausted by the time they’re ready to sit down and finally get some words on the page. I find that if I’m actively working on a writing project, simply sometimes forcing myself to write, no matter what, gets the job done. 300 words I’ll need to edit later is better than none. I’m a huge fan of fifteen minute sprints for this purpose. Usually, once I get going, I find the energy to keep going to finish a thought, a scene, or a word count goal.
However, I’m also a fan of listening to your body and knowing when to take breaks. After reaching my goal to complete a draft of my latest project, I decided to take an active break and not write during #Preptober to rest my mind and energy for National Novel Writing Month in November.
A friend of mine follows a writing cycle, in which she is “one month on, one month off” a particular project. Yet another friend actively chooses reading versus writing cycles.
Whatever works best for you to refill your creative well, the Mighty Pens encourage you to do so in the weeks leading up to November NaNo!