I've never done an RTW (check out YA Highway and participate yourself!), but the question spoke to me today. Probably because I haven't been writing for a few weeks now. My WiPs are off with CPers. I've planned for NaNo. And I don't want to start anything new. I told myself a break would be good.
But the lack of sanity that comes with not writing is no longer refreshing.
I find myself talking in other voices in my head just to keep my brain functioning. I sent out crazy emails to some of my CPers where I was making random jokes and write in crazy voices that don't belong to me. I keep twisting around words in my mind--distracting myself from things like, oh, getting to my appointments on time.
It isn't pretty.
And the twelve days to NaNo is an eternity. Every morning, I get up thinking--I'm just going to break the rules and start writing.
And I just might have to--because without writing to occupy my brain, my thoughts are splashing around everywhere. I need writing to smooth me out--to give my brain something to work on.
So my number one reason for writing--it's me. Because I'm not me when I don't have this outlet.
I need my sanity back.
And look--I'm running late for an appointment again.
Do you take breaks from writing? Does it give you head trauma?