Writing Needs Fallow Periods

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When we talk about writing, we don’t often talk about the absence of writing, but I think that it’s something that is necessary to feed the process. Though writing daily can be an excellent habit, I think we also need periods where we just have to let our creativity breathe.

This idea is totally different than relying on “mood” when it comes to creative expression. If you want to be serious about your art, you can’t let mood dictate when you sit down to it. No, this is something else entirely.

This is noticing, taking in details and filing them away. Not because you feel any urgency to use them immediately, but because you know that in the dark back corners of your mind, left to their own devices, they can germinate, sending forth shoots that will be ready when needed. This is allowing the loose ends to quietly tie themselves in the subconscious level of thinking.

This is the waiting for that thing you had no idea you were waiting for, until you realize your story couldn’t have worked without it.

It’s like an appliance that doesn’t give off constant heat, but instead cycles on and off as efficiently as possible. It’s a way to conserve energy, to better use it over the long term.

Not writing isn’t always a sign of laziness or procrastination, though you should be honest with yourself about whether it could be for you at that time. Sometimes it’s about new growth and regrowth, about cultivating ideas and regrouping.

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