Over 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.