I love breaks. Breaks are good most of the time. But if you're like me, sometimes breaks can go on for a long time. For me, most breaks relate to my writing. I've always heard that if you're stuck, take a break. Or if you're so frustrated with your WIP that burning it seems like a good idea, take a break. And that's great advice.
When the break that's supposed to last for a day or so stretches into weeks or even months, then you've got a problem. I know all about that. I finished my first draft for my first WIP at the beginning of August. And it took me 11 months to do it. Yep, you read that right. Eleven. Freaking. Months.
I'm not even finished. I'm in the middle of Revisionland, and I've started to find myself succumbing to those old urges again. It's hard to figure out what needs to be cut or what needs to added, so I tell myself I'll take a quick peek at The Black Hole of Time Suck (AKA Twitter). Or I'll check my email. Repeatedly. Then there's all those blogs I need to catch up on....
Folks, it's a vicious cycle. Sometimes, I don't even get my writing done for the day because of some serious procrastination. Not. Good. And when I'm hit with the "I'm a hack writer" days, the writing break seems to stretch on forever.
Now I do have one suggestion for breaking the "writing break" cycle. My CPs and I have Smackdown sessions that have helped me become really productive. It's simple...we get on Instant Messenger (or you could use Twitter) and we set a time like 30 minutes. That 30 minutes is for writing. When time's up, we check in and give a status update. Works like a charm for me.
So do you have any ways to break those "too-long writer's breaks"? What's the longest writing break you've ever taken?