Hauntings of Guilt

01 Dec

The Daily Post prompt for today: Share a time when you were overcome with guilt. What were the circumstances? How did you overcome you guilt?
The Guilt that Haunts Me

amwriting april 22Over the past few days I’ve felt guilty for taking a break from writing. After winning NaNoWriMo the other day, before November 30th, I took a break for a few days. A much needed break. I spent that time catching up on television shows, reading, and relaxing.

But I also felt guilty for taking that break. I wanted to write. I felt like I should be writing, but at the same time I knew I needed at least a little bit of a break. So I took the break even though I felt guilty about it. As the second day progressed, the guilty feeling began to subside a little because as I took a little bit of time for myself–especially the reading–I felt better, and more excited about my book and getting back to writing.

The time away also gave a bit of time to think about my goals for this month and for 2016. What I want to do in regards to my novel, the next novel, as well as NaNoEdMo, the NaNo camps, my writing schedule and routine, etc. As I went through my goals, short term and long term, I realized I didn’t have any reason to feel guilty–I needed at least a few days of “me time” so I could refresh my mind and my creativity.

Now, that doesn’t mean that I won’t feel guilty tomorrow if I don’t write, because I will.

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Posted by on December 1, 2015 in #amwriting, Daily Prompt, guilt, Life, NaNoWriMo, Writing


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One response to “Hauntings of Guilt

  1. Persephone Jones

    December 2, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    I so feel you on the guilt! These last few days have felt weird. Today is the first day I did some real work. I’ve been reading through the NaNo book and editing a little here and there. But before that, I was feeling anxious, restless and yes, guilty. I think it’s just the way a writer’s brain works. It’s like an addiction of the very best kind. When you’re writing, whether you love what you’re working on or hate it, you’re still writing. But when you’re NOT writing, there’s this part of you that goes through withdrawals. You just can’t wait to get back to it. No matter how good a time you’re having or how much you love who you’re with, a part of you longs for your desk or thinks about the book/story/play/poem that has your attention. You know? 🙂



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