Have you ever thought of taking a break from blogging? Did the thought of going dormant for a few weeks, hibernating, practicing detachment and forgetfulness ever occur to you? Did that idea of no writing week seem blissful or somehow empty? Did you wonder if you would miss your posts, the jolts of affirmation, the conversations? Or did the peace and quiet of no writing at all seem calming?
Is it good to take a break from writing?
Remember that I’m not talking about the soul-crushing, anxiety-ridden, vacuous breaks also known as writer’s block that are not breaks at all but simply something like furlough days forced on writers. I’m simply talking about a temporary separation from the keyboard and a temporary putting down of the writer’s lens through which one gets accustomed to seeing and recording through the long and recurring habit of putting pen to paper.
It’s a break one hopes to come back from with a fresh perspective and a new start. It’s a break one hopes would free oneself from the shackles of having to write every now and then, driving oneself into a groove saying the same things over and over again digging a deeper rut to move back and forth in.
But what if one fails to come back from the self-imposed break?
What if the experience of spending hours and hours on one’s writing loses its appeal in comparison to the multitudinous stimuli of the real world? What if one loses oneself in the world and realizes that the world outside the page is a far more rewarding experience to connect with than the unreal luxury of being immersed in one’s own writing?
If such an event comes to pass, it need not be such a sorry state of affairs. After all, if something like that happened, it would simply replace one rewarding experience for another.
But what if writing still appeals but one loses one’s writer’s lenses during the break in the humdrum world? What if the break fails to end and turns to writer’s block? What if the supportive community of readers is gone and one has to come back to isolation?
Have you braved such risks and still taken a break? Did you ever want to?