The Benefits of Not Writing Often

I wrote a post a few weeks ago about the Benefits of Writing Often. However, there is the flip side to that and that is the benefits of not writing often. So here are a few .

1.) You can better refine your plots. If you’re constantly writing and never thinking, well, things aren’t going to work out as well unless you take breaks to think about where you are going, and if what you are doing actually works.

2.) It gives you perspective. As always, something that seems  brilliant now may not seem so brilliant later. With breaks, you can filter the brilliant versus the dull.

3.) All you’re turning out is trash anyway. Another really good reason to take a break is you don’t have anything good coming out as it is. Sometimes, editing trash is harder than writing from scratch. (And this reason why you are writing trash can be anything from your dog just died to you got five hours of sleep last night.)

Just a few thoughts as a reminder that we don’t always have to write nearly as often as everyone says you should. (Now for me, after not writing for almost a month here, I really do want to write. I just… can’t. *sigh*)

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About Abigail

I'm an elementary education major at a college in the Midwest. I might graduate as early as December '13 but more likely May '14. I write when I can. I also knit on occasion, draw, do homework and contradict teachers to make people think. :)

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