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Taking Breaks

The girl sat down at her computer wearily and brushed her dishwater blonde hair out of her eyes. She swiftly logged into her account and pulled up her document. She looked carefully at the last paragraph she’d written and then tried to remember where she wanted to go from there. 

She couldn’t remember. Her brain was dead.

She tried to refresh it by going over the chapter she’d just written. Instead of refreshing her, though, it only served to awaken her inner editor. She groaned and moaned. She looked at inspiring pictures, read inspiring quotes, begged, cajoled, bribed… but to no use.

Not a single word came to her mind.

She moaned again and dropped her weary head to her hands, trying to massage words into her brain and out her fingers. Just one word. Even one word. She was supposed to be a writer, for crying out loud!

Five seconds later, she was fast asleep.

You guys ever feel like this? Like you are so exhausted with everything that you have going on that you just can’t do anything extra?

Sometimes, this can’t be helped. Things that simply must be done pile on us so quick and we really don’t have a choice. Sometimes, though, there is a choice. Sometimes, you simply must look at your schedule and see which is more important to you, your writing or other activities. Sometimes, you’ve just been too busy for too long, and you need a rest day so your brain can catch up with everything again.


So what do you do? What do you do when you can barely get through the day?

Take a break!

Seriously, guys, it’s okay to take a break from your writing. It’s okay to let your character’s sit for a while, to let them get a little air, to give yourself time to refresh. It’s perfectly fine to take a day and veg out while watching your favorite TV shows. It’s good and fine and awesome to take a break, then come back later and look over your work with fresh new eyes. While it’s good to take a break, don’t get in the habit of taking a break. Because… by then… you’re just being lazy. As writer’s, though, we make our brain do a lot of work. It’s healthy to give it a break every now and then.

Take care of yourself, guys, thanks for reading! Watch out for wooden nickels!



Jaylee Morgan is a teenage author with her sights set on publishing. She’s written short stories since–uh… um–before she can remember. Her family isn’t quite sure what to do with her (mental hospital, maybe?), as she carries around a folder that she’ll randomly open and start scribbling in. She grew up (er, is still growing up) on a little hobby farm. She was basically born riding horses and hopefully will continue to ride horses for the rest of her life. She loves, loves, loves the cowboy lifestyle and might actually write about it someday. (Right now, she’s too scared that she won’t do it justice.) She reads. Like crazy.

9 thoughts on “Taking Breaks

  1. I need to break more often! Yet I always tend to ‘cheat’ while on my breaks. I’m like, “Well … I’m resting today … but I’m also gonna do this and this and this because the world will come to an end if I don’t get it done and NOW!”

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    1. Lol! Typo. *Nickels. It’s a phrase that was common during Depression Era/World War 2, the time when my character Alex from Death’s Whistle would have been living. The phrase basically a lighthearted reminder to be cautious in your dealings. Wooden nickels were easy to break and usually had expiration dates on them for only a certain store or event, and occasionally, would try to be passed off as real coins. I just think it’s a fun phrase to say. 😛

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      1. Whoops you’re right, nickels!
        Ah okay I see! I just wasn’t sure if it was some totally random magical-cult-sort-of belief 😉 It IS a fun phrase to say 😉

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