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    How often do you have breaks?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by The95Writer, Feb 25, 2014.

    I am sort of getting writer's block for both of my projects so I decided to take a break for at least one day.
    I have been writing on average 6 days a week since I first started my book 3 months ago and I am near the end already for my first project. But I am wondering, how often do you have a break? A day? A Few days? A week?
     
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    However long I need + when real life gets in the way. There's no really easy answer. I take two weeks between first and second draft just to "forget" what I wrote and read it with a reader's eye so I know if I'm making sense or not.
     
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    I usually take a week out, from everything if I get severe enough block, but sometimes plodding through can be just as effective, even if you have to switch projects from something intensive like a novel, to something less severe like a short story or poem.
     
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    As often as they come. I'm not a creature of much discipline in these matters.

    (I must admit I originally read your thread as "How often do you have breasts?", to which my answer would have been something quite other. ;))
     
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    Normally, I write every day but sometimes I really need to take a day off to recharge the creatice batteries or just think a little about where the story's going, and then I do. It's probably very individual how often we need to rest from the writing, so maybe you should just focus on your needs.
     
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    Boy, you're steaming ahead! I wish I could keep to a schedule like that. My breaks come whenever, however long. I've been writing a short story, struggling through it all through February. So far I've only got five pages. That ought to tell you how whacked my schedule is.
     
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    This whole month of February hasn't been good on my writing schedule. I had written about eighteen pages, and haven't resumed since. I still can't get off my "break".
     
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    My writing time links well with the phrase, "Little and often." When the mood takes me, I'll write. I'm not one of those "write every day" people, but I guess, on average, I write for about 3-5 hours per week, which actually isn't very much. But whatever works for you, works for you.
     
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    I'm a consulting engineer by trade, and that means I work on a project-by-project basis. When a project comes in, the deadline is usually very tight and I have to work fast, so there's no time to write. When it's done and I have nothing else to do, I write every day. Projects come at unpredictable times, so there's no one answer to this question for me.

    I work on several pieces of writing at once, so if I get stuck on one, I just move to another I'm not stuck on. I only rarely have to do that, though.
     
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    My longest break's been about a month, but normally, a day or two is enough.
     
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    usually a few days to a week. A week is pretty standard. Towards the end, before I finally burnt out, I took a month. Right now I haven't written since before Christmas, but this isn't a break from my novel like usual. This is like... a real BREAK. A long holiday, if you will.
     
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    The short answer: any day I am scheduled to work.
     
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    OK. Good feedback people. I usually try to fit in 1/2 a page to 4 pages a day (in standard book format). The highest I have gone since I started in is 2000 words in one day. But this is my first book. I took a break yesterday from both, my non-fiction and fiction but will be trying to knock out some more later.
     
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    Short answer: As needed, for however long. My project that I've been working on for about a year and a half required me to take a 6 month mental break and I've only recently returned. For less intense works, the 'as needed' still applies but usually varies between a couple days to a week...depending of course on the reason for hiatus.
     

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