I’ve taken some time from writing lately but that doesn’t mean that I’ve not been doing writerly things.

It is important to step back sometimes and look at what you’re doing.

For example, this past month I devoted 100% of my time to the Wonderland project that had been sitting on the back burner. I shelved my romance novel for the month until I felt more like it was appropriate for a romance to be written for me personally. I plotted the romance out fully, then finished plotting out Wonderland. For a story with as many twists and turns as that, it needed to happen. I also worked on selling A Twisted Faire and doing some social media, including a podstory that is an adaptation of A Twisted Faire. I put the blog away for a little while until I felt a bit more me. And you know what happened?


The world didn’t end because I didn’t desperately scramble for material. I didn’t ‘achieve my dreams’ in a month by keeping the blog going nor did the world just implode because I wasn’t blogging.

In the grand scope of things, sometimes what we do isn’t the biggest thing in the world to remain consumed about. I realized that blogging was stressing me out at the time. When something starts to stress and it isn’t a pleasant stress, one that can help you, it can be a good idea to step back away from it.

Because when I put the blog down for a bit, I got a lot of writing done. An artist really can’t exist in a vacuum but they also need some solitude at times to create. At least, this artist does. I remained on social media to talk about my books and my writing process, but I didn’t stress about it. In turn, that made it fun again. It also lessened the need to be ‘on’ all the time by taking breaks every few days.

Really, stress can be very good for you but there are times when you need to step back and just enjoy the process of your art instead of worrying about it all the time.

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Stacie Hanson