It’s okay…hell, it’s important to take a step back from your work. You have to allow yourself to take a break every now and then.
As writers, it’s so easy to get wrapped up, even obsessive about our stories or our process. While this is what composes the drive of a writer, it also makes it easy to get lost, get burned out and just get plain exhausted.
Taking a step back from your WIP (particularly after an intense amount of interaction with it) gives you clearer vision of your story, its needs and your goals. By giving your brain a break, you allow your creative juices to recharge and will find yourself with a refreshed, more critical eye.
It can be hard to step away from a story, especially if you find yourself in a dramatic part of the tale – but it’s something we, as writers, have to learn to do in order to be successful.
Don’t burn yourself out. Writing should be an enjoyable, cathartic experience, not a death march.