If you have more than two pieces about writing, you're likely confused. Some writers advise one strategy and others totally disagree. One area of debate seems to be the gestation period. Some successful writers will tell you that taking a break is a good idea...you need to get away from your text so that you can interact with other materials and get some perspective.
Other writers tell you to show up at your desk everyday. Just sit there if you must like the wonderful poet Mary Oliver who said in a recent OnBeing interview that she would sit 5am-9am each day.
Where are you on this?
Do you do best when you write daily or do you find yourself needing to step away often?
The tricky thing here is knowing the difference between gestation and procrastination.
How do you know if you're gestating or procrastinating?
I asked myself this question the past couple weeks when I noticed I had not written any blogs.
Was I gestating or hiding?
One way I've figured out how to circumvent this little conundrum was to make sure I was writing every day. I allow myself to change what I am working on, but if I set aside 4 hours a day everything seems to move forward-- often in unexpected ways.
For example, I started working on one application and started reading articles that helped me finish up something else.
Hope this helps. If you're not sure whether you're gestating or hiding, just start working on something else. Then take a break, go to a holiday party, stand under some mistletoe and wait for a new idea or a kiss. Either will do.
Sarah Federman, PhD