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As much as we want our dream and we wanted it here yesterday, sometimes we need a break. You’re not any less of a writer. You’re human. And as hard as that is at times (because really we want to be super human), sometimes we need a break.

You can’t drive anywhere on an empty tank and certainly can’t get anywhere without transmission.

We’ve all heard the exercise, “What would you say to a friend who was in this situation?” I used to roll my eyes at this exercise. I know how I’d treat my friend because I love her and want the best for her. I don’t want her to be in pain, but rest and recuperate so she can be even better tomorrow. I know how I’d treat my friend, but this is me we’re talking about. I’m the queen of bulling through things. I’m bullheaded and I know better.

Then tell yourself a story. We’re all storytellers. Introduce yourself to a character. This is a young woman who just lost one of her favorite aunts. It was very sudden and the way she passed was unfair. How do you feel about the character? What type of story would it be and what type of character would she become if you had her “suck it up”? You might trick yourself into writing.

Many of our slave driving qualities as writers comes from a lack of self-worth. Sometimes to value ourselves we do need to push, expand our comfort zone. Sometimes it’s better not to write. That’s hard to say, hear, and do because writing is our sanctuary. Who will we be if we don’t write? Our dreams will be there. We can and will achieve them. But right now see what you need.

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