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On this blog, I write about science. I’m a big believer in science and in science’s ability to make our lives better. But I also believe in fairies. There is, after all, a magical fairy person who flutters around me all the time. She’s my muse, and it’s her job to put words into my head.
But recently, my muse put some very strange words in my head, words I would not have expected from her. What did she say? She told me I don’t have to keep doing this writing stuff if I don’t want to.
Here’s the thing: I’ve been very, very stressed out about writing these last few weeks. Those of us who want to write professionally are told over and over again to treat writing like a job. And that’s good advice. You should treat writing like a job if you expect to ever make money off it.
But I have treated writing so much like a job that it’s stopped being fun. It’s just part of my daily grind now. That’s clearly not what my muse intended for me, nor is it what I intended for myself.
This post makes it sound like I’m about to quit writing. Don’t worry. That’s not what’s happening. But I do need to remember that writing is supposed to be fun, and I need to reconnect with the reason why I wanted to start writing in the first place.
To that end, I’ve decided to take a little break from blogging. I’ve given myself an extra special project to work on this month, something that should get me back into the swing of things. When we meet again for September’s I.S.W.G. post, I will (hopefully) be able to tell you more!