To be successful, you must write every day.
To be successful, you must write X number of words – every day.
To be successful, you must publish X number of books every year.
To be successful, you must publish multiple books back to back to generate interest.
To be successful, you must… you must… you must….
How often are we told that we can only be a successful writer if we put our writing first – all the time?
I personally think that all of these musts do have their merits; after all, we can’t be writers if we do not write. But everyone has their version of success. I find that it’s also important to remember that an empty kettle cannot fill the teacup. Taking time away from daily word counts, or even taking a short break from writing altogether, can make you a better or more productive writer.
When I holiday, I don’t take my WIP with me. I always have a notebook and I will write short stories, location details, or poetry. But the I don’t work on my WIP. The change helps my imagination.
Be kind to yourself. Take the break if you need it. Writers need self care too.