This is the question I have been asking myself for the last couple of months.

Yes, I was feeling some anxiety about the fact that I had reached 33,000 words in my work-in-progress and then nothing.

Every day I would start with good intentions and every night I would promise myself that tomorrow I would start writing again.

There has been copious note taking, lots of thinking and re-thinking story arcs, and even some actual writing, but nothing on a daily basis.

I wasn’t sure why I was procrastinating, if in fact that was what I was doing.

Finally I gave myself permission to just stop. It’s okay to not write for awhile. I know many will disagree but for me it was the solution I needed.

I realized I was very distracted and unfocused. I had never really seen my situation in that exact light. I knew something was off but wasn’t sure what exactly.

I have other things that are taking precedence over writing at this time and I have allowed myself to give my full focus to these.

I still make a note when something pops into my head and I jot down storylines, but I let go of worrying about a daily word count.

I’m feeling better these days. Lol

So, what do you think? Do what works for you or follow the sage advice of many authors and write every day?

I’ve always done things my way. A born rebel. I’ll finish this next book when it feels right.

Hello. I am the author of the Historical Fiction novel called Mamie Garrison. It is a tale of slavery, abolition, romance and history, set in the years just prior to the Civil War. It is available on Kindle for .99 and also in paperback. Mamie Garrison has a dual storyline. The present day story involves Bella and Andrew finding Mamie's journals. Their story includes romance and paranormal aspects. Mamie's story follows her adventures as an abolitionist through her journals. There are some mysteries as well as an unusual background in Mamie's life. I have completed book two in my series. Colin Garrison, Book 2 of The Garrisons is available at Please see my Colin Garrison page under the menu option for a small sample of this new book. The third and final book in the series, Emily Garrison is now available. Please see above for link. I am 62 with one adult child and one grandchild. I have always enjoyed the written word and have been a voracious reader from my early youth. I am inspired by many authors in the historical fiction genre. I am also a lover of Russian literature, particularly Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. I find great inspiration for creating characters by looking at the ones these two authors have created. There is such a depth to them. I have written for most of my life in one form or another. I have dabbled in poetry and songwriting, and have more started novels than finished ones. In my free time, I like reading, history and travel. I am interested in genealogy and working on my family tree. I live in St Louis.

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