A suggestion for those who might need it: While it is important to have a writing routine, it’s good to take a break from writing on a regular basis, too. Write five days on, two days off. Or try six days on, one day off. Or write every day for thirty days, and then take a week off. Write every day for ninety days if you’re on a roll, but then take a month off to recharge. Give yourself a mental vacation from your stories now and then. If you want writing to be your career, treat it like one.

Part of approaching it as your career means taking time off in order to keep your mind sharp and your stories fresh. I’m not saying you have to take a break if you don’t feel like it, and I’m not saying it’s for everyone—hence the disclaimer, “for those who might need it”—but for many new writers and authors, taking breaks from writing may help with setting and meeting more realistic goals. Find a writing routine that works for you, but try to incorporate breaks from it all in a way that helps maintain your productivity and creative flow.

Sometimes it’s good to take a break from writing in order to fall in love with the craft all over again.