Writing Hiatus

Hi there Soulies. It’s me again, Amy Deason and I’ve got a question.

Have you ever gone on a writing hiatus?

A hiatus, of course, means a temporary gap, pause, break, or absence in something. For example, you might take a hiatus from work or maybe even watching a favorite tv series. It doesn’t mean it’s forever though. It’s just a break for a little while.

Well I want to think that’s what I’m on. But I’m not so sure.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, I want to write. I want to finish book 3 in my series. I want people to know about the motley crew of operatives in The Perfect Order. And of course how Charlie started it all.

I’ve also got several books just waiting to be written-detective stories, romantic stories, kids’ stories.

But it seems I never have the time to do it. It’s been over 2 years since my last book was finished and published.

I fully intended to write at least 1 book a year.

Well, we can see how that’s gone… 😒

But like I said, I can never find the time. I work 50+ hours a week (Sun-Fri), take care of my home and kids, spend time with the hubby, and make time for my parents and sis. Which leaves little time for me. And my writing.

So you see, I’m not sure that what I’m on could actually be called a hiatus. I mean, it is my choice to give my time to everyone else.

But I still WANT to write.

Actually this is the most writing I’ve been able to do in nearly 2 months. 😮

I don’t mean to sound whiny or like I’m complaining. I’m so happy to have my family and my job. But sometimes a little me time might be nice you know?

Anyway, my time is limited today so I’ve got to go. Thanks for stopping by. And if you would like to share your own hiatus story or offer some advice, please feel free to do so.

Have a great day!!

About AmesGrace

I am a working wife, mother, and new author. In my free time, I love to read, write, and take pictures. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. We do a lot of bike riding, playing sports, swimming, and watching movies.
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8 Responses to Writing Hiatus

  1. Beth Carter says:

    I understand completely. I’ve pushed so hard the past two years. I’ll soon have three novels out during that time, seven since 2015. I’m weary and want me time too! My husband recently said, “I want my wife back,” which nearly broke my heart. He’s very supportive, but he’s right. Most of my attention goes to my laptop.

    I’ve tried so hard to please readers who want the next book in my series, like yesterday, that I feel I’ve let my family and friends down. I’ve got tears in my eyes as I write this. 😦 I have author friends who are married, some even have kids at home, yet somehow churn out five or six novels a year. Seeing their posts, pressures me to try and keep up. It doesn’t help that I’m super competitive. Lol.

    I’ve decided I’m going to take a few months off once I finish COWBOYS AT COCONUTS, #4, in my series. My family needs me, and I need them. My parents aren’t getting any younger and neither am I. And we’re taking on a huge house remodeling project!

    I know I turned this into an “about me” response. Sorry, but you made me think, Amy. Thank you! Best of luck to you, whatever and whenever you decide to write.

  2. No matter what you do, it’s difficult to balance family, work, and writing. All you can do is your best. I tend to ignore family more than I should. Basically, I write. This is a very productive year for me, two books published so far, another finished and being edited, and three that I’ve taken back from another publisher and are being re-edited, re-covered and boxed. I’m also halfway through the first book in a new series. It’s taxing and, of course, my loved ones suffer, but it’s what I do. Wishing you the best and thank you for sharing.

  3. In the same boat and sometimes the inclination just…goes away. Just self-pbbed THE SECOND SON but that was actually written and already published with a company that has now closed down. My new writing consists of editing an already finished book and writing about THREE WHOLE LINES of one of my new historicals. Blecch…

  4. sueberger3 says:

    You are still a writer. If you can fit ten minutes into your day for you, you could maybe get 100 -200 words written. Or like me, sometimes only 50. Who cares? They are words on the page and someday they can add up to a first draft.
    Forgive yourself. Bless yourself and see if you can carve out ten minutes. If not? There’s always next year. I put my acting career on hold for fifteen years while I raised my children. It took another ten years to get any kind of action going. I am these days often a working actor,

  5. Abby J. Reed says:

    Oh I’m so glad you asked this! I’m in the same exact boat. I really want to finish my third book, but I can tell the fatigue and exhaustion is slowly creeping up on me, and not in a good way.

    I’ve actually decided to take hiatus after finishing my book 3 (which still might be a bit). I’m not planning to completely walk away as I also have dreams for other stories as well as drafts! But I just need AT LEAST a solid month off. And I want to give myself the freedom to give myself a solid year off, too, if I need it.

    So, I get it. I’m there. I don’t think a haitus is a bad thing at all. I have a feeling that after mine I’ll be roaring and ready to go.

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