The Art of NOT Writing: Breaks, Blocks, & Boredom

I was just answering some questions over on Quora and re-visited this. Thought I’d re-post it in case anyone’s feeling stuck lately.


A lot of blog readers have asked– in some form or another– how I deal with writer’s block, and also what I do when I simply don’t feel like writing.

First of all, I must admit to you that I wrote almost every single day from spring 2008 to winter 2013. In January of this year, my wunderkind writing guru Judy Hougen gave me permission to not write, and I started to take some much-needed breaks.

Secondly, you should know that I did not write from fall 2003 to fall 2006. I had just graduated from a creative writing program which had required me to put my heart through a meat grinder, and I was exhausted.

With those disclaimers out in the open, let’s dive in.

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I think there’s a time and place for taking a break from writing. I have never regretted my three-year hiatus after finishing undergrad, but…

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