Writing Withdrawal

I'm off cruising, so I'll have a new "Writer's Travelogue" post for you when I get back! In the meantime, it's confession time:

“Hi, my name is Nicole, and it has been 72 hours since I last wrote.”

Here’s my confession. I get crabby when I don’t write. It’s like my brain gets stopped up with all the ideas, dialogue lines and characters screaming to get out. I juggle a lot of things in life, but I always feel the stress and craziness most when I can’t fit in writing time.

I’ve dubbed it “Writing Withdrawal.”

Even 20 minutes is enough to get that right-brain, left-brain balance back.

How about you? Got a writing withdrawal confession to share? Or a tip to squeeze in more time?


  1. I get soooo frustrated when I can't write. I try to squeeze time into every day, but if I can't, I at least try to find inspiration or a chance to daydream.

  2. Because I work full-time and have a family, I have to go for a week or longer without writing in my manuscript. I'm always happy when I can get back to it,, but I do accept those times okay. I have no choice.

  3. I love your little confessional quote. Made me chuckle. Hope you get your balance back. :-) Hope you have a marvelous time cruising.

  4. When I'm in the zone, missing one day messes me up!
    Hope you're having a great time.

  5. I also get writing withdrawals. Even when I'm taking a break for good reasons.

  6. I don't know if I get writing withdrawals, but sometimes I get frustrated when I really want to write but I'm stuck doing something else.

  7. That is me, too! I didn't write at all last week because of time issues, and I know my attitude showed it. :(

  8. I don't know if I get physical withdrawals, but I do kick myself when I don't write, so does that count? I hate the fact that I can't write more, but for now I need to continue my balancing act. By the way, the cookie arrived on Valentine's Day and it was delicious (and yes, I shared with my wife...haha). Thanks again! :)

  9. I definitely get writing withdraws. I haven't had a chance to write much since November. Edits have been eating up 99% of my writing time, so it's no wonder I've been stressed and such since then. Thankfully I'm at the point where I can get back to more writing (at least until I have to proofread).

  10. I hate when life intrudes and breaks my writing streak. The Bermuda Triangle of taxes, report cards, and parent conferences are torturing me this month.

  11. Miss Cole - Daydreaming definitely helps!

    Natalie - Yes, it can be so tricky to maintain a balance. But life outside of writing is important too - we're blessed to get a few hours to pursue the dream. :)

    Jeff - I DID have a marvelous time. Thanks!

    Alex - Totally! One day can throw me off my A-game.

    Misha - That's what's so hard about taking breaks...even for good reasons. ;)

    Cynthia - That's exactly it!

    Jackie - It's funny how easily skipped writing can start to make me grumpy. :)

    Michael - Haha, that counts! Glad you got the cookie and enjoyed it. Yum!

    Cherie - Glad you're over those edits. They can be stressful for sure!

    Leslie - Ouch, that Bermuda Triangle sounds dangerous. Good luck navigating out again. :)