Camp NaNoWriMo is over. But I can bet that you spent a bunch of it writing pell-mell. I know I did. (What was I thinking, setting a goal of 40 hours? 😂) There was a time in it, though, that I took breaks. And I didn’t have to feel guilty because I still was working. Just in a different way.
What do I mean by this? How can you take a break but still be working? Obviously, those two things don’t go hand in hand.
That can be true. In fact, most of the time, it is!
But for your book, it all depends on your angle.
On July 21, I woke up with a sore throat. Yes, in the height of summer, I got a cold. (Ironic, considering I had one during last Camp NaNoWriMo as well.) I blame it on my youngest sister, who got one first due to always putting her fingers in her mouth. But that’s not the point. 😝
I was pretty tired by the end of the day but really wanted to keep working. So, I put on my comfy pajamas, grabbed paper, pencil, pencil sharpeners, tea, and my computer with headphones. I found pins on Pinterest that were like my characters and drew a picture of a character while listening to a podcast that I’d been meaning to for a while.
I got to learn stuff while working on things for my book.
Also, I really enjoyed it and even made myself a second cup of tea.
Then I ended up realizing that I had to sleep and drank it while reading so I could unwind.
You can take breaks without the angles, though.
Sometimes, we all need to just need to take time away from our books before we burn our laptops. When that happens, you can take the break without any guilty feelings.
If you don’t do that, your story will not turn out well. Taking a break from it is in its best interests! I mean, I still like to sit down and read or play a video game.
A post for another time, but something that deserves to be mentioned here, is creative burnout. We’re creatives, but as writers, we can only work for a few hours a day unless we want to go through burnout. That will cut our writing time down in the long term because we’ll have to stay away from our writing for a few days. (that’s what happened to me at the end of July)
Something Abbie mentioned recently was something her sister said: “Stop writing before you get tired of writing.” This is great advice because you won’t be tired of your writing and not want to come back to it. Instead, you’ll eagerly await your return to your world of words.
Poison Dragon Updates
I made the goal of writing 50k this month – while I still have the time before school starts. If I manage to write that much, my draft will hit 70k.
I’m starting grade 10 next month and will need time to adjust to the new schedule and difficulty level of work. I’ve been doing pretty good so far during August with writing every day. Here are a few snippets!
I am swimming, swimming through the darkness of my foggy mind. I break through the surface long enough to hear more words.
“She’s not swelling or responding to anything I do… She’s just burning up.”
“You mean all you can do is put some wet rags on her?” It’s Papa’s voice, and it’s sharp.
“I’m sorry,” Mrs. Miracle replies, but whatever she says next is lost to me as I’m dragged under again.
I’m falling, falling through the blackness. The fog had turned into a mist that won’t catch me at the bottom. I hit the bottom, and am suddenly conscience in the real world again for a few fleeting moments.
The words are a forever echo like a broken record. Will I make it? Will I make it?
I hope you enjoyed those. 😉 They’re all from one scene that took me a while to write. I drew from several different (horrible) experiences at the same time for it, whilst picking my brain for words at ultra speeds.
IT WAS EXHAUSTING.
But I was pretty proud of it by the end.
And before you go, make sure to check out my monthly overview! I have a poll at the beginning that I really would appreciate you answering. 😃
Do you take breaks?
What angles do you look at your book from?