You're not a rat. Get out of the rat race when necessary. (Writing Advice)

On Twitter I'm seeing a lot of people talking about being overwhelmed with the amount of words they're writing and everything that is a part of being a working writer. I get it. I really do. And so I'm here to tell you to get off the rat race. You're not a rat, and you don't live on cheese alone. (Okay, maybe you do, but you don't have to. I know, cheese is life.)

The truth is, it is okay to take breaks. Really. It is. Taking a break from writing, especially if you're going to be focusing on other aspects of the writing business, maybe the one of the best things that you can do.

Taking a break to "catch up" or tackle a project like relaunching an old backlist can boost your career and reinvigorate you for when you are ready to get back to writing.

I think it's common for us writers to think that we need to catch up with everything and do everything. We see what others are doing and think that perhaps we should be doing all of that too, all the while working ourselves into the ground. That's where frustration and burn out sets in. That's where things become difficult.

Give yourself permission to take a break. Even if it's just a "mental health" break, because those are needed too. You can step back from writing. It'll be there when you get back. And it will most likely be improved by the experience.

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