S38E1 – Does Taking a Break Mean I’m Not a Real Writer?

It’s a question we see frequently. Does taking a break mean I’m not a real writer? Does it mean I’m a bad writer? This is the first question we want to address in our latest Frequently Asked Questions series. All month, we will be addressing your questions and ones we see often within the writing community.

For many of us, it’s difficult to think of ourselves as authors or writers. This is even more true when we aren’t writing every day. It’s easy to downplay our accomplishments when we view it as a hobby or something we do to simply fill time. We don’t think of ourselves as “real writers” if it isn’t our full-time job.

Our hosts are here to tell you that’s not the case. Writing is what makes you a real writer. Not writing every day. Not writing a certain type of story or format or genre. It simply comes down to the act of writing. In fact, we encourage taking breaks! Especially as we exit National Novel Writing Month where burnout is so common. Listen to this episode for more on why it’s important to make sure you take care of you, even if that means stepping away from the keyboard.

First aired December 1, 2022.

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I'm an editor and cover designer for AspenHouse Publishing. I am also a host for AspenHouse's poscast, Writing Roots.

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