A Writing Break Update

Monday is usually the day I share a summary of how each day’s writing went for the past week. For the first time in at least a few years I have no writing progress to report.

I’ve been on a writing break for 10 days now!

After finishing draft 3 of The Dreams I really, really needed some time to decompress. The timing worked out so I had a decent chunk of time right before NaNoWriMo to do anything other than writing. I’ve been taking that time and enjoying myself when I get past that little voice in the back of my head that tells me I should be writing.

What did I get up to this week while I wasn’t writing anything at all?

  • Finished reading two books
  • Started reading two more books
  • Watched Midnight Mass on Netflix
  • Played an excessive amount of Hades
  • Got serious about buying a house (terrifying)

Aside from the last item on that list, everything has been very relaxing. Even with house hunting, I think my stress levels are lower than usual. Having a short to-do list and not feeling guilty if the time I allotted for writing ends up not being enough to reach my word count goals has helped.

Overall, I’ve had a relaxing yet still stressful week. I’m tempted to end my break and start some sort of plan/outline for NaNoWriMo this week (I’ve been tempted to get started since last Monday), but part of me wants to stay away from writing for a little while longer. I think I’ll end up starting NaNo prep on the 21st so I have 10 days to get ready.

What I Read in September

I read a bit more in September than I did in August. It wasn’t something I made a conscious effort to do. I just allowed myself to read when I wanted to read. It just happened to work out well for me.

Books I finished reading in September:

  • Exit Strategy – Martha Wells
  • The Poppy War – R. F. Kuang

Books I’m currently reading:

  • House of Many Ways – Diana Wynne Jones
  • Network Effect – Martha Wells
  • Priestess of the Morrigan: Prayers, Rituals & Devotional Work to the Great Queen – Stephanie Woodfield

Did you read more during September? Sometimes I think the months with changing seasons make for easier reading, but I have no evidence to back this up.

What I Read in August

I didn’t finish as many books this month and I didn’t start any new ones either. I guess it was a slow reading month. It happens sometimes but I’m a little worried it will become a pattern. I don’t want to read less. There are too many good books out there.

Books I finished reading in August:

  • Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Books I’m currently reading:

  • House of Many Ways – Diana Wynne Jones
  • The Poppy War – R. F. Kuang
  • Exit Strategy – Martha Wells

Do you ever unintentionally read less for a little while? Do you do something to start reading more or do you let the phase run its course?