Rule B: take regular Breaks from writing fiction


Linda’s Rules of Writing

A grass umbrella on a beach
A grass umbrella on a beach: Sometimes sitting and doing nothing is a great break!

We’re onto the letter B in Linda’s Rules of Writing, and on the importance of taking Breaks.

If you wander the web, you’ll find plenty of advice that says “Write every day.”  There’s truth in that advice, because it’s really easy to find something else more important and not get around to writing.

But writing every day can drain the muse.  So it’s important for the creativity to be recharged.  When I was trying out all different forms of writing, including screenwriting, I managed to burn myself out from too much writing.  That’s apparently common for writers in Hollywood because they do a tremendous amount of writing.  Now I take one day a week off to do something else, or nothing at all.

Since I’m in Washington, DC, I have plenty of museums to visit, like the awesome sculpture garden for the National Art Gallery.  The National Zoo also recently opened their new Elephant Trails.

What kinds of fun things do you like to do on writing breaks?


Caption: A to Z Challenge