Monday: When to take a break

I think I’ve developed a pretty good sense of when I need to stop writing and give my mind time to do whatever it does when I’m not working on something.  So, with 100 pages left to revise in my 7th draft, I decided to take a break last week.

What always surprises me is how disconnected I am from my book when I am not working on it.  I tend to forget how it ends, characters’ names, why I wrote it, etc.  Is this a good thing?  I’m not sure.

This is also when I start to feel a kind of dread about money. My plan has been to do three things: teach yoga part time, teach creative writing, and write books.  But, I have to publish something before I can teach creative writing, and when I’m not in the midst of editing and querying agents, the goal of publishing my book feels impossible.

This leaves me as a full-time yoga teacher, which is ok for now, but not sustainable.  How long will it take me to get my book published?  Am I delusional to think that I can make money as a novelist?  I will keep pressing on.

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~ by Clickity Clack on April 26, 2011.

6 Responses to “Monday: When to take a break”

  1. no breaks

  2. As the poem “Press On” goes, persistence alone is omnipotent.

  3. I think it’s a good idea to take a break. What I do when I’m revising is to keep a log of what chapters I’ve revised and a quick note about what I did. That way when I get back into it, I can easily find out where I stopped and where to pick up from.
    I hope it helps.

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