Mish Mash: Stop and Pause

What an awful week for writing. Now that that’s over, I can get into a better swing of things.

I’ve had so many ideas of what to write this past week and I haven’t had the ability to write a long, coherent post most days that I’ve struggled through. The character post I made about each character having a trait of your own was something I wanted to do more work on, but it’s out and in the open now and it’s good enough.

I guess I shouldn’t say it’s just ‘good enough,’ but I’ve always been my worst critic and it has been pretty difficult at times.

I imagine for most it’s hard not to be. You push yourself harder because you think that you’re capable of more, you know that you can do better, so you don’t stop. Eventually, you either burn out, or you end up on top. When you burn out, it becomes more difficult to accept defeat, but you have to stop and think about what you’ve been doing. Look back at yourself, be introspective and let yourself learn.

Sometimes, you just need a break, which I think I might’ve said more than once this week. Like running, it can be difficult to tell when you need to. You want to stop and recover but you also just want to keep writing, keep running.

Having a fear of failure makes it worse.  When you’re too afraid to stop and allow yourself a break because it’ll just lend to you taking more and more time off. One thing leads to another, but if you’re in that boat, stop. Think about it. You’re not allowing yourself to be lazy, you’re allowing yourself the necessity of pause for recovery, to breathe. When you can think and see clearly, writing becomes much easier.

This week has been a learning process as well as a recovering one. Here’s hoping the next week will be better to tackle.

-The Novice Wordsmith

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