In our companion article, I address whether you should quit writing. Although that article provides a lot of clues for my choice to leave, the piece offers more detailed information and tips on when and when you can stop for a while.
Every writer is unsure whether they should stop writing or even quit. If you’re having trouble answering this question, remember that you’re not the only one! This article aims to guide you towards the right decisions if you’re losing faith or optimism in your writing or the motivation to write on paper. This is one of the features for authors.
Make this difficult decision on your own. Let me assist you in making the best decisions for your lifestyle and motivations. The same will be the case regardless of how challenging it may seem. If you’re eager to take a dive and determine whether you need to stop writing, go to this article. Grab an eraser and a piece of notepad to record notes and know that you’re in the right hands.
When is it appropriate to have a break from writing?
In a companion article, we tackled the question of when is the right time to stop writing.
Although that is a broad list of reasons to put down their pen or stop writing, This article will be more focused on when and warning signs to have breaks. While there may be some overlap, it is essential to remember that every effort was taken to avoid repeating the same points.
Why is it important to stop?
As a rule, when authors believe they’re lacking a break, they’re correct.
Writing is a very mental and bodily toll on authors. Although it’s rarely discussed, there is significant importance to creating whole worlds, characters, and even stories. The way we watch our favorite characters struggle through pain, suffering, and even die triggers an emotional reaction for us that’s similar to the actual loss. Even though that emotional trauma doesn’t compare to the loss of a living and breathing family member or friend, it may affect your mental well-being.
This feeling can be challenging to describe. It could be a feeling of sadness. Lack of motivation to write. Fear of continuing. The exhaustion, physical or mental. Each author experiences a unique amount of pressure due to their work, and I’m not talking about the burden of deadlines, readers’ expectations, and even physical strain. I’m talking about the emotional burden.
If you’re experiencing these feelings, Take time out. Clear your mind. Be sad even if they’re characters from the world you’ve imagined in your head or on paper. There’s nothing wrong with experiencing emotion; it proves that you’ve created something with emotional connections that readers can feel. If you’re emotionally touched to tears by the story you’ve written, that emotion and your account will also resonate with readers.
What is the physical aspect?
If you’re constantly on your back, hunched over, gazing at your computer, there’s a good chance you’ll cause issues. When you write, it can make your body go through the tonal from poor circulation to pain, stress, and stress on the fingers, shoulders, arms, muscles, tendons, and joints.
If you’ve been writing with a lot of force, you may begin to feel an increase in or worsening pain. Achy back, hips, legs, numbness or tingling sensations, etc. I strongly suggest regularly checking with your primary physician and letting them know about the condition, how you’re feeling, and any discomfort you feel. This can assist them in helping you discover safer, healthier options. Doctors will have plans and ideas to ensure you are healthy while writing. However, you have to take the first step.
Whatever advice you receive, Follow the advice! Keep yourself stretched regularly and hydrated, and take care of your body while writing. You’re strong!
If the mental strain is too much, it must be addressed with the help of a professional.
I’m an advocate for all who are undergoing therapy. The truth is that life can be challenging. The assistance of a professional to deal with and process your feelings can be a precious asset and an excellent way to keep your mind on track and clear. It will also help you perform functioning at your highest.
Additionally, writing can be an incredibly isolating profession. Anxiety and loneliness could lead to mental health problems, which professionals should discuss. You’re the creator of universes and characters, of stories! You can rely on someone else going through a difficult time, as there’s no shame in soliciting assistance.