When you should take a break from writing

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As is the case with any other activity that you might choose to engage in, there are times that you should take a break from writing. It could be, for example, that you are writing a novel. It could be that you are writing something for a client, such as a technical manual. It could even be that you are writing articles for a website such as Helium. This is especially true if you write for a living.

So, how do you know when it is time that you should take a break from writing? While there are no hard and fast rules about this that will apply to every writer in every situation, here are some examples of times when you should think about taking a break from writing:

* When your writing slows down. Often, you can tell that it is a time to take a break from writing when your word count drops significantly. For example, if you go from writing 1,500 words a day to writing 300 words a day, it is probably time for a break from writing.

* When your fingers hurt. The opposite is also true. When you are writing so much that your fingers are cramping or you are developing carpal tunnel syndrome, it is probably time to take a break from writing.

* On Holidays. Even if you’ve got a deadline, you need to take time to relax from time to time. You need to visit with your family on Christmas. You need to eat some cake on your birthday. Your writing work will still be there when you are done, but you need to take at least some time to live your life. Writing is what you do, not who you are.

* When you start to hate writing. Sure, everyone hates their job sometimes. However, when there is no more joy in writing for you at all, it is time to take a break. Regroup. Rekindle the passion that brought you into writing to begin with. Read some novels. Hang out on some writing blogs. Write something totally useless, silly, or that is amusing to only you. Returning to your writing love often requires taking a break from writing.

While there certainly are other times you should take a break from writing, these are some of the most common to consider.

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