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It’s Okay Not To Write

In my latest NaNo Update post I mentioned that I wanted to keep writing every single day to get myself in a good routine.

I have been doing awesome at that. I only skipped one day because of my sister’s baby shower.

I had a write-in for NaNo Tuesday night. I wrote 5,000 words total on Tuesday because of that. The write-in was at night so yesterday morning I just wasn’t feeling the words, even though my writing time is in the morning.

I was tired and wasn’t really sure where to go next in the story, so I decided to read.

Then I had work. Then babysitting. Then when I got home, I was exhausted. I had planned on writing, but I never did.

I was bummed out about it. I don’t really have a good “excuse” for skipping writing yesterday.

Then I realized that I already am in a good writing routine. I write for at least one hour every morning.

But you can’t really write 365 days straight. I think writing 16 out of 18 days is pretty good. The month isn’t even over and I’ll be hitting the word count goal well before the deadline.

So I’m not slacking on my writing. I’m taking a break.

There’s a difference, as slight as it may be.

But it’s okay to take breaks. We all need them now and again.

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

11 thoughts on “It’s Okay Not To Write

  1. Agreed. I think something like Nano can be easy to give up on should you miss a day of writing and feel like you won’t catch up because you would need to write 3000 words in a day and you can barely hit 1700.

    At the same time, being able to write 3000 words a day may cause you to be a little bit more lazy because you are at least 4 days ahead and if you slack off you can always catch up with a good 3000 words.

    Once we build the diligence to become regular disciplined writers, and figure out for ourselves the distinction between taking a break and being lazy, then we are surely on our way.

    I’m almost at 50K myself and you know what, sometimes it’s ok not to write.

    1. Exactly. I’ve been writing at 2k a day (aside from the two days I skipped) and I wrote another 2k this morning. I’m at 46k total for my story. If I didn’t skip those two days, I would have hit 50k this morning, but oh well.
      Congrats at almost being at 50k! 🙂

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