1. 1. The guilt isn’t real.
I’ll I'll be honest, Guilt is the main reason I couldn't stop writing when I knew I needed to. How will it look? Will I still be a writer? Is it copping out?
You know the doubts. They deluge us when we take a day or so and do anything but write. The same guilt that eats at us when we aren’t as far along as our friends. It’s very real and it weighs on my heart. But..
2. 2. Not writing for awhile is very freeing. Yes, freeing. My mind is free to think about all sorts of things—yes some writing things too. But also to really discover what stories do draw me.
3. 3. The support is amazing.
I feared stopping awhile would put me on the outside—one of those want-to-be writers who can’t go the distance. But many of you shared how you did the same thing—took a break and let God speak to you about what to write. I’ve shared my doubts about writing fiction or non-fiction, finding more success in non-fiction but after having written five novels, I struggle with writing another and having it languish in my desk drawer.
4. I can focus on what I need to focus on now. Like looking for full-time employment and knowing that if I do get it, I won’t be sad that I won’t be writing as much. I feel as though I’m preparing myself for a situation that can’t be helped.
5. 4. Finally, I’m learning to Be Still and not write just to be published. Stepping out of the race to find the words I really need to write is much more satisfying.
So tell me, do you write to keep in the race? How are you doing with it?