We all have those days where the writing isn't working. We second guess ourselves, we eat one too many brownies and then re-evaluate.
Some give up, others step back.
We don't realize the damage we do to ourselves when we don't step back to get a clear head.
"finish this chapter then you can rest" you tell yourself but your body knows your lying. It knows the minute you finish the first chapter you'll move to the second because you feel pushing isn't wrong.
Sometimes you need to step back.
That doesn't mean people think you're giving up. I, personally, commend those who take blogging hiatuses, I'm sad I can't let go some weeks. The passion is what keeps me. I have a love for blogging and though I can't comment at times, I'm making compromises, which is what's needed in this business.
When it comes to writing I must take breaks. Some say you should write every day, I say I'll be the judge of that. Sometimes forcing a word count is worse than taking a day off. Sometimes taking a step back, breathing and relaxing is just what's needed, and you know what... you're allowed.
Do you associate a day off with giving up? How do you cope with writing frustrations?