Thor Says It's Okay To Take a Break

As writers, it is easy to feel obligated to write.

Maybe you see the (sometimes ridiculous) word counts of other writers through social media like twitter, and feel bad about your own, smaller word count.

Maybe you think you're not a real writer unless you write a set quota of words per day.

Maybe you wake up some mornings and Loki is standing over your bed screaming at you to sit down and write a book, though you want nothing more than to lounge in bed and watch Doctor Who all day.

But I, Thor of Asgard, am here to tell you it is okay to take a break.

In fact, I'd argue that it's necessary. Our brains need time to rest, to enjoy the world and let ideas simmer. Taking a break can re-invigorate you. And it can spark new stories.

Me, I tend to read a lot of books and watch a lot of telly. Maybe more than I should. But let me tell you, shows like Doctor Who, Sherlock, and Game of Thrones provide inspiration like no other.

There's something else I watch quite a lot of, too. Something magical. It saddens me that so few people have heard of it, so I'm sharing it with you today.

What is this magic?

It's called A Very Potter Musical. It's the ultimate fan-fiction show. (We don't have "fan-fiction" on Asgard, but let me tell you, it's beautiful.) Watch the entire thing, so we can celebrate its beauty together over a few tankards of coffee.

Here is the first segment, in which you meet Harry Potter, the boy who lives under the stairs (poor guy):


  1. Ack. Taking breaks? Biggest thing I struggle with (am I competitive? No way). But never underestimate the inspiration that comes from movies and reading, definitely. ;)

  2. I am the kind of person who has a spreadsheet tracking my wordcount total and feels inadequate when I don't get at least my daily target, if not more. I've written around 290,000 words in 2013 so far ... obsessive much?

    This continues to the point where yesterday, feeling abysmal, I had planned to go to bed at nine ... and ended up staying up an hour longer to write that day's words.

    So I guess I needed this post yesterday rather than today! Ehehe.

  3. Good point Thor, although I would argue that, while breaks at nice for a short time, it's important to keep up the daily habit. I find that sometimes my best inspiration for my current WIP comes as I'm currently working and thinking about my novel. But yes. All for TV show inspiration!!!

  4. A lot of people say you need to write every day, even if it's just a few words, but I agree––breaks are good. I admire those who *do* write every day, but for me it simply works better to spend a couple crazy months on a project, take a break filled with reading, then move on to another.