"Writers write." "Write every day." You may have heard these or similar sayings, and there's truth in them. Writers cannot only talk about writing, or dream about it, or plan to do it; at some point, actual writing must be involved.
not necessarily every day or all the time. Many writers have variable
schedules. They write regularly, but not every day. Or they write in
intense bursts, with rests in between.
Many writers also go
through phases of not writing--by which I mean a time when they are not
just "between projects" but depleted, out of ideas or the desire to
write, or needing to attend to something else in life--health, family,
career, whatever. Often, writers enter such a period not sure whether
they will ever write again.
Most writers do seem to return to
writing eventually. The well refills and starts flowing. If it doesn't,
they may turn to other activities or creative outlets.
recently interviewed several writers who debuted with me in 2010, one
question I asked was whether they had taken a break from writing within
the past 5 years. Many had, including me. I suspect it's very common.
is a creative act that takes energy. No surprise that we may need a
hiatus, a wintertime, a break, a retreat, a leave of absence, a
rejuvenation, or whatever you may call it. It can be a time to
reevaluate what we've been doing, and where we want to go next.