I spent days that turned into weeks sitting in front of my laptop trying to make myself write something that I was really excited about. And it didn't matter that I felt like I was in the right headspace or had a solid outline. My brain refused to engage with words, it refused to let me write, it even refused to let me read. So after a few weeks of struggle I finally said, 'Okay. Maybe I need a break.' And I closed my laptop and didn't make myself write. I let myself be okay with marathoning Arrow and Nikita and watching sitcoms and just not picking on myself for not writing.
I think we talk so often about being kind to your fellow writer and respecting their creativity and ways that non-writers can give us room to do our thing. But we so often forget to be kind to ourselves. We have to produce, we have to be engaged, and for so many of us, writing is our safe zone. It makes us feel good and safe and happy. So giving it up -- that feels weird.
But you should! Writing is work and as good as it feels, it's tough on your brain. Eventually it can't give anymore, and punishing yourself for it only makes it worse. Don't be afraid to be kind to yourself, to forgive yourself for those days when you can't write anything at all, to take care of yourself. Be okay with saying, 'today I'm just going to watch television' or 'today I'm going to take a walk' or 'today I'm going to yell about hockey.' Remember to not just be kind to those around you, but to be kind to yourself and take care of yourself. Sometimes it is okay to back away from the keyboard and take a break.