TIME: that's a four letter bad word. BAD I tell ya! For one, it's lacking. For two, it's everything you need. Three? It's everything your lacking that is everything you need!!
PRESSURE: seeing and hearing and reading about everyone's success in word count, agent getting, publishing, sales, etc can very daunting when you yourself are not "in the groove", too. There'll be times it can be uplifting but more than often you just wanna poor cold water on them and do a girlie smack "shut up!" (just saying what you're all thinking...)
DISCOURAGEMENT: similar to the moment you receive feedback and you get that one peep that's just gotta rock your world upside. THAT person makes you doubt...everything! That's when "taking a break" starts. And you play it off as "to let my WIP/MS sit for awhile". Don't you lie!
SELF-ESTEEM: it's your own undoing in every since of the word. It's you letting others create the bar of standard and you thinking you must exceed or be right there to be "noticed" or "just as good". The wrong direction will even make you think that if you stopped no one would even notice. How wrong you are.
- How much TIME can I truly commit that would benefit my family, work, friends, health, etc?
- How much PRESSURE am I going to put on myself by word count, chapter count, returning blog comments that works for me and me only?
- Who can I enlist to UPLIFT and encourage me in a way that works for me in the style and way I need it that I can understand? (They exist!!)
- How much crap am I willing to deal with or for some reason personalize before I take a break and remind myself that all I'm here to do is write?