I'm Taking a Break
It’s been thirty days since my last blog post, which is the longest I ever go between posts. I’ve written at least one post per month since June 2013, and I want to keep that record going as long as I can.
You may think it’s because I loved Iron Prince so much that I wanted to give everybody a chance to see it, but the reality is more selfish: I’ve been putting off writing this post.
What you’re reading now is the longest and most personal version of this story, but I’ve written shorter versions on Facebook and Reddit. If you only have ten seconds before you have to turn and fire your pistol, check there.
Here’s the deal: I’m taking the first three months of 2021 off work.
I’ve already gotten pretty far into Bloodline, but I’m not done yet. I was hoping to be finished by now, but I’m not. And I need a break.
So I’ll keep working on the book this month, but after that, I’ll be heading off to regions unknown.
“Regions Unknown” is what I call my gaming PC.
I’ve covered the highlights on my other social media pages, but I’m about to dig into my journey here. Content warning for those of you sensitive to personal details, recapping, and/or sincerity.
Ready? Off we go…
First, let’s back up to Summer, 2019. I threw out my back-ish, neck-ish, shoulder-ish area.
Anatomy is not a required subject for a Creative Writing degree.
Because of that, I was lying flat on my back for a week, and it ended up resulting in two weeks of lost writing time. During that experience, I learned that I had caused my injury by “being on a computer all day every day” and “never taking any breaks” and “having the posture of a twisted little goblin.”
So I added stretches and exercises into my routine, and I began taking regular breaks throughout the day.
About half a year later, in January of this year, I pulled my neck-ish thingy again.
This time, it resulted in essentially a month of not-writing-Elder-Empire.
I had to take it up a notch. I significantly increased my exercise, physical therapy, and visits to the mysterious healing fairy who lives in the spring behind my house.
That’s honestly working great, and I’ve been much better since then. I literally didn’t think it was possible for me to write books while taking a break every 1-2 hours, but you’d be amazed what you can accomplish when you train a pack of gibbons to run howling into the room and haul you from the keyboard every hour on the hour.
But no matter how much stretching and exercise you do, you can’t out-stretch a twelve-hour writing marathon every day for eight weeks at a time.
Physically, I need a break.
I’m really not in bad shape (I mean, in regards to this injury. In general, I’m in slightly worse shape than the Pillsbury Dough Boy), so this isn’t a plea for sympathy or anything. I just figure an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and I need to ease off the gas pedal before this BECOMES a real chronic problem in a few years.
And now my favorite subject: emotions.
I didn’t talk about this at the time because I didn’t want people deciding ahead of time these books were going to suck, and I haven’t talked about it since then because sincere expression of emotion burns me like elf-crafts burn Gollum, but the process of writing OKAK sucked.
I’m proud of the result, and I think I ended Elder Empire well. But the experience of writing the books was miserable, from the first week to the last.
It had been too long since I’d written the last pair, and I had zero remaining vision for the books, so I had to start from scratch (not literally, but it felt that way).
On top of that, I had set so many things up that I had to be very careful not to violate any established facts in a canon I hadn’t visited for five years. Which just…kills my passion. I hate having to nitpick every little detail and make sure everything’s in the right place. It feels like the opposite of creativity to me.
On top of the top of that top, I wrote these books really quickly so I wouldn’t have to delay Cradle too much. But they’re impossible to write “fast,” so it just meant strings of long days.
And on top of THAT, Elder Empire has always been really hard to write.
However, people tend to think that an enjoyable writing process = an enjoyable reading process. Not true. I feel like the books turned out really well, and the reviews seem to agree with that.
Speaking of great reviews, that brings me to Wintersteel.
As you know, Lindon is the money-maker ‘round these parts, and Elder Empire delayed me by quite a few months. Without even having the grace to pay the bills for that time.
So I was running late on Cradle, and I had to jam out a sequel ASAP. Using a new process that I hadn’t ever tried before.
Fortunately, that process worked, but at that point it had been almost a year since I wrote Uncrowned. Details had leaked out of my head, and in the beta reading process, we caught several plot mistakes and causality violations, even up to the day before turning the manuscript into Audible.
Meaning I not only pushed the book out as quickly as I was capable of doing it, but the editing also took more work than usual.
Then after that, I immediately moved on to Bloodline, because I was initially trying to finish it before I took a break. (Sorry.)
All that to say I’m tired. I’m really tired, guys.
When I first started writing, as I’ve told you before, I didn’t know how long I was going to be able to write for a living, so I kept the books a-coming to keep the lights on.
Then, during 2015-2016—the Elder Empire Era—I couldn’t stop because I wasn’t making enough money to live on.
It wasn’t until after Soulsmith, or maybe Blackflame, that I could potentially take a long break like this one. And I still had OKAK dangling over my head, plus I didn’t want to hang you out to dry with no Cradle book for too long.
Now OKAK is finished at last, and if you have to hang on something, at least Wintersteel is a pretty comfortable hook.
Finally, I’ve always wished people could take more time off just to take care of themselves.
I think it’s necessary. It’s a shame that so many people are in situations where they can’t ever afford time to rest…and even for those that can, it’s often treated as “wrong.” Like you’re letting everybody down by taking a serious break.
But I’m fortunate enough to finally be in a situation where I can take such a break, so I’m gonna put my money where my mouth is.
If I’m going to be releasing books steadily for the rest of my career, which I certainly intend to, then I need to either slow down or take a longer break (like this one) every few years.
And who wants to slow down?
Speaking of which, we’re still on track to release Bloodline and one other book in 2021. Same two books as usual, or I wouldn’t be taking a break at all.
And it’s not like I’ll be gone completely for three months. I’ll still be checking social media here and there, and I plan to continue my one-to-four-posts-a-month blog schedule.
Gotta keep that perfect attendance record.
For those of you who made it to the bottom of this news that, I know, will come as a disappointment to many of you: thanks as usual—and as always—for reading!
12/10/2020 01:41:24 pm
I think it will only take 4-6 weeks to retrain the gibbons to bring you back to to the keyboard against your will, personally, but enjoy however long you take off!
12/10/2020 01:43:20 pm
You deserve it! Two books a year is still an incredible pace, but don't destroy your body to create art!
12/11/2020 02:49:12 pm
Hehe, have you ever heard of this guy named Aaron Oster, he pumped out over 10, 300-500ish paged books. The man is a freaking wizard! Will is insane as well though. (In a good way) At least now I know why Cradle was delayed for soo long.
12/14/2020 02:55:28 pm
I enjoyed a couple of Oster's books, but then I realized that it's basically a Shounen in a book but with a hard to read RPG system and each time the dude comes back with some new ability...
Francisco J Leon
12/10/2020 01:46:26 pm
Hi Will! I 100% agree with you! As much as we all can't wait to read the next Cradle book, we want you to enjoy what you do and be able to finish the series as well.
12/10/2020 01:47:21 pm
Enjoy it Will, you deserve a good break. I've been with you since Traveler's Gate and I'll stick with you until you retire.
12/10/2020 01:48:47 pm
Enjoy. We'll just have to keep the fanfic going to keep that cradle itch from getting too bad.
12/10/2020 01:50:02 pm
Thank you for taking care of yourself. Burnout is awful. Physical damage is also awful. You've done a lot of great work in 2020 under stressful real-world conditions, so yeah, by all means, give yourself some time off.
12/10/2020 01:50:58 pm
I'm glad you're taking this break, and glad you're telling your readers about it! We all love the books, but as I tell my kids, "people are more important."
12/10/2020 01:51:13 pm
Can’t burn the candle at both ends. In your case it sounds more like you’ve been burning the candle at both ends while it hangs over a fire that happens to be located in a volcano.
12/10/2020 01:55:16 pm
You've more than earned a break! I hope it's refreshing
12/10/2020 01:56:01 pm
a three month break sounds awesome. happy that you're at finally at the point in your career that you can do that sort of stuff.
12/10/2020 01:56:29 pm
Now all you need to do is train said gibbons to use a keyboard on your behalf after they drag you away.
12/10/2020 02:13:44 pm
Ditto what the wife said
12/11/2020 10:06:18 am
I ditto that ditto.
12/10/2020 01:58:58 pm
Looks like it’s training time!
12/10/2020 01:59:52 pm
Enjoy the break Will, I enjoy your work immensely and you need to be able to enjoy the writing process... we will all be here when you get back :)
12/10/2020 02:03:31 pm
Mental health is important, take care of yourself Will!
12/10/2020 02:04:40 pm
Enjoy your break.
12/10/2020 02:05:14 pm
This is definitely the correct choice to make. Don't feel too bad about it.
1/29/2021 03:36:56 am
I am obsessed with cradle. But I willALLOW YOU to take a break
12/20/2021 11:54:14 am
I have been patient I have only listened to bloodline seven times and all I can say is my mind is blown I had to re-listen to all of the other books with that new information, but I need to know when is the next book coming out i have an addiction to good fantasy Hi everyone my name is Phoenix and I am an audible addict. Please feed my listening addiction I need the next book
12/10/2020 02:12:36 pm
Not disappointed at all. Glad you are taking care of yourself. Enjoy the time off. You’re awesome and I Love your books.
12/10/2020 02:13:25 pm
You've earned a break and then some. We'll be here when you get back.
12/10/2020 02:17:51 pm
12/10/2020 02:18:27 pm
Go, go Will.
12/10/2020 02:19:07 pm
Don’t feel guilty for taking a break. You’ve earned it. Relax and recharge, enjoy the games.
12/10/2020 02:28:08 pm
Hope you enjoy your much deserved vacation and can veg out with some sweet games on the PC!
12/10/2020 02:28:37 pm
I feel you have knocked these books out faster than a conveyor belt. We all know other authors can inflict years of tortuous waiting anticipation before they release the next in series. You deserve a long break! A happy author will not kill his characters off compulsively. That’s my theory.
12/10/2020 02:29:08 pm
Nah my guy- take as much time as you need. We’ll enjoy the next book more if we know you’re good.
12/10/2020 02:31:18 pm
12/10/2020 02:31:35 pm
Have fun with Regions Unknown. Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays/etc.
12/10/2020 02:33:44 pm
Enjoy your time off, you've earned it!
12/10/2020 02:33:58 pm
I fully expect a training montage of Oreo eating, sleeping in late, potentially vacations spots, and general break stuff
12/10/2020 02:34:56 pm
No disappointment, I still hope for a book next year just don’t Patrick Rothfuss us. I don’t know if I can handle that from you as well!
12/10/2020 02:36:06 pm
As Lindon had to learn, maintenance is important
12/10/2020 02:41:17 pm
Well deserved rest. Enjoy!
12/10/2020 02:57:12 pm
Heck yeah, take a nice long break and take care of yourself. We will still be here ready to support you whenever you're fully ready to come back.
12/10/2020 02:57:53 pm
As much as I want the next book, I would rather wait a bit longer if it means you get a much needed break. We can all salivate for a while.
12/10/2020 03:02:00 pm
So glad to hear you're taking a break to take care of yourself. I love your books so much, and I'm so happy you're taking time to look after yourself. I hope your example inspires many of the people who read your books to not be like Lindon, and actually take time off :)
12/10/2020 03:03:45 pm
Amazing Cultivation Simulator on steam is addicting. It's rimworld but xianxia style.
12/10/2020 03:13:48 pm
A little sad that the book will be delayed - but taking care of yourself is very important.
12/10/2020 03:13:55 pm
Take care of yourself. I know a lot of people want the next books, but taking care of yourself is more important.
12/10/2020 03:22:54 pm
Will, you take whatever time you need. You've been writing like a maniac and it's been fantastic for all of us fans, but it does no good to burn yourself right out for it. You certainly don't need our permission to treat yourself right, but know that we are behind you all the way. And I'll fight anyone who says differently.
12/10/2020 03:25:09 pm
Just take care of yourself. I don't think anybody minds waiting, I'm still waiting on the third book in the Kingkiller Chronicle myself. Plus, the subreddit has been on a fanfiction trend recently so they can hold over anyone itching for more Cradld
12/10/2020 04:17:03 pm
I said it on Facebook and I'll say it here, you deserve this sooo much Will. We love you and we want you to be the best you. Take care of yourself and we'll be here when you're ready to come back. <3
12/10/2020 04:17:20 pm
Will, dont give up yet! If you finish bloodline without out a break and advance to iron you can gain a perfect unending iron body, allowing you to never need to sleep or rest!
12/10/2020 04:18:36 pm
Take a break, everyone needs a break. But please don't take a George R R Martin break. :D
12/10/2020 04:40:47 pm
Take that break with no regrets whatsoever. Take an even longer one, if you want, and DEFINITELY take a vacation more often than once every few years, haha. You might be my favorite author ever, but you're also human. Burnout sucks. Don't get burnt out. Instead, go forth and relax!
12/10/2020 04:52:08 pm
It breaks my heart to hear how hard you've pushed yourself, you deserve the break! Take the time to heal - both physically and mentally. We'll be here when you get back!
12/10/2020 05:07:59 pm
I'm proud of you! Make sure you are doing good and not pushing too hard. Maybe stream when you feel comfortable during your break? I know I for one enjoy that as news of a release date!
12/10/2020 05:08:37 pm
As much as the cradle hungry savage in me wants be upset by you taking a break I feel its well deserved. I've been an avid reader since house of blades and always amazed at how fast you were releasing books that just consume me as a reader. As you stated a few times in the cradle series every sacred artist needs a hobby (even if that is relaxing recovering and just doing you for a while). Looking forward to the next work you put out wish you well!
12/10/2020 05:15:29 pm
You totally deserve it. Thank you so much for everything! I'm sorry that OKAK was so painful for you but I loved those books so much and I hope that helps make it worth it!
Another Brian C
12/10/2020 05:21:09 pm
Take all the time you need.
12/10/2020 05:30:36 pm
Enjoy that break man eat all the Oreos you can
12/10/2020 05:38:33 pm
Enjoy your break! Totally understand your situation as I am enjoying my downtime at the moment.
12/10/2020 05:38:52 pm
Will, I’m a physical therapist and it sounds like you have learned the hard way to take care of your body with a preventative stretching/strengthening routine and frequent breaks on your writing days. Apply the same during your gaming break to keep the cervical and upper trap. pain at bay. Enjoy your free time and keep throwing out book and game ideas. Loved Subnautica and Iron Prince!
12/10/2020 05:40:13 pm
You should be taking a break right now but I understand wanting to finish up a little tidbits before the sabbatical. Weather professional writer or a hobby writer I think we all understand what it is to try to pick up a work that you put down months or years past. Thankfully there's no pressure to finish it for us hobby writers. Hope you get refreshed and feel rejuvenated. And I wouldn't be surprised to see you back at the keyboard sooner than you even think should the bug catch you unawares.... Or the assassin trolls tie you to the keyboard again.
12/10/2020 05:50:43 pm
Will I highly recommend investing in a high quality massage chair to address your shoulder, neck, back injury thingy. I spend about 10 plus hour days in a desk job and it has helped me considerably. Stay healthy please, I want to keep reading your books for the next 30-40 years
12/10/2020 06:03:48 pm
Regions unknown = Cyberpunk 2077? If so, I reluctantly understand. My own work productivity is about to plummet. The game is AMAZING! If you haven't played it yet then I encourage you to give it a shot. Take some time, recharge those batteries and prepare remnant Will for another wild ride. We will be patiently (not really but let's go with that) grinding our teeth for a while but oh well. We will survive, barely.
12/10/2020 06:16:23 pm
Will you should start a twitch channel if that's something you might be interested in! (Sorry if that already exists and I'm just not informed)
12/10/2020 06:49:24 pm
Sometimes you need to step away to recover physically and mentally. I have been burned out teaching martial arts, and I needed something to pull me back together. And I learned that training and learning a new system from scratch was what I needed to rekindle my love of the art. Do whatever you need... You have done something magnificent. Thank you for sharing your vision.
12/10/2020 07:42:43 pm
Will, I'm glad that that you are taking the time to take care of yourself. Rest, relax, and come back healthy.
12/10/2020 07:45:10 pm
You deserve this rest with your mind-boggling writing speed. Thank you for the books!
12/10/2020 08:14:07 pm
Will just seems like a great dude. Good luck out there
12/10/2020 08:51:05 pm
I normally wouldn't comment here, except I want to throw my "vote" in.
12/10/2020 09:44:27 pm
Hey Will, I just wanted to say take the time you need to take to feel good again, not just ok but really truly good. I've loved reading everything you've put out and and know that you have given me so much more than I've given you! Thank you for the stories so far, rest up and do what you need to do :)
12/10/2020 10:45:35 pm
Hah, there is not enough time in a day, there never is. Sure, id like if you'd write so fast that i could have a book each month, but thats just dreaming if northstrider dosnt send you one of his bubbles. x)
12/10/2020 11:10:40 pm
Cradle is my favorite series i cannot wait for the next book to come out but your going to burn yourself out at the pace you have been going. As much as i hate to wait you have earned a good long break. Maybe you can hand that incredible drive of yours off to patrick rothfuss while you vacation lol
12/10/2020 11:59:47 pm
As much as I want instant gratification in the form of Bloodlines, I would much rather have you happy, healthy, and as excited to write your next book as I am to read it. You have worked hard to get to a point where a break like this is possible. Enjoy your time off, you deserve it.
12/11/2020 12:12:18 am
Everyone needs to take time off to just breath, and it seems its been awhile since you have been able to relax. When I first found out you write 2 books a year I was stunned, most authors take 2-3 years (or in the case of Patrick Rothfuss 10 years or so), and yet writing these books in what I consider so little time that turn out to be masterpieces is incredibly impressive and easily warrants a break. Enjoy your time off! And enjoy Cyberpunk lmao
12/11/2020 12:32:47 am
As pretty much all the others have said, perfectly understood, and a well-earned rest is absolutely due. You've been entertaining us regularly for quite a while now, and we can take a breath and stretch even as you do. Thanks for explaining too, but you didn't have to, you know.
12/11/2020 01:27:16 am
Take care of yourself! You are filling our souls with every book and with every re-reading so we (or at least I) like you to be top shape for purely selfish reasons. Top shape body and mind will write for long long long life. And that is awesome thing for us :-) ... so three months, half a year... (but please! not ten years as
12/11/2020 02:07:43 am
12/11/2020 04:31:30 am
Well deserved, Will :)
12/11/2020 06:32:04 am
Take all the time you need. You've built something truly incredible and we are happy to support and apply patience when necessary. All the best!
12/11/2020 07:07:29 am
Good for you Will,gGet that R&R babyyyy! Do you know what you're going to be playing? You got me into subnautica (my sibling would kill me for saying that, they'd tried to get me to play a loooong while ago), and I had a friend just get me into elite dangerous, the small details add up in a way that remind me of subnautica. Seems like there's less in game story but there are the books and I guess. Anyways, cheers to you, rest on some laurels for a minute.
12/11/2020 07:31:44 am
12/11/2020 07:31:48 am
Will - thanks for the update on your life and your writing. It is always great to hear stories that humanize the writers we adore. Please enjoy your time off, and take care of yourself. We'll still be here when you get back.
12/11/2020 07:44:11 am
Listen here: your writing is awesome, and I look forward to the next one (I promise to pay you for it). But there is NO SHAME in taking a break. Take it, and DON'T apologize for it. I'm not going to give you that "you earned it" mess, and none of us need to give you "permission" for it either. No regrets, no hesitation, only good feelings. My money will still be here when you get back.
12/11/2020 07:53:03 am
Will, it takes a large amount of strength to do what you are doing. Your books are art and the best art comes when it is not being forced. I applaud your historical works and look forward to what will be. Until then enjoy your life, enjoy your family, enjoy some Oreos, and a nice run after that. Deep breath.
12/11/2020 07:58:30 am
Nothing breaks my heart more than when excellent authors burn themselves out and have to stop indefinitely. I'm so glad you're taking care of yourself. We will happily wait a little longer if it means the books continue on well into the future! Enjoy your break, you more than deserve it!
12/11/2020 08:05:51 am
I am always happy to see lots of new books coming out from my favourite authors (of which you are in my top 3), but if you need a break to relax, unwind and play video games for personal health, I am all for it. I will hate the delay but I'd rather have you being able to keep writing for years to come than kill the golden goose. Take some time, we'll wait for you!
12/11/2020 08:41:26 am
Will, good call on taking time for yourself and fix health problems and get a regiment of cycling your blood from fingers and brain to other parts of your body. I guess soon we will see Will Wight showcasing the body that Men Admire and Women Adore! Chea!
12/11/2020 08:58:44 am
12/11/2020 09:56:24 am
I'm glad you can take a break. You certainly provide a break for the rest of us with your creativity. Enjoy!
12/11/2020 11:57:02 am
Hey Will, just a suggestion here.
12/11/2020 12:21:15 pm
I get needing to take a break for your health.
12/17/2020 01:56:36 pm
I hope you don't listen to any comments of this tone. Whether you 'need to take a break for your health' or not is nobody's business but your own. You're not abandoning us and there is no need to have a compelling reason to take time off. "I want to enjoy my life" is good enough. Take the time you need, but most of all: Take the time you WANT. I'd buy two copies of Bloodlines to offset any fall out from people who get mad and I know a lot of your fans would, so please let us know if that is needed.
12/19/2020 10:22:58 am
You might hate me for pointing this out, but those books suck.
12/20/2020 06:21:39 pm
I vote we let them stick to churning out dross and let Will stick to publishing exceptional work at a pace that he finds manageable. Hear that, Will? Keep it exceptional!
12/11/2020 01:00:45 pm
Well deserved. And you're right - we should all take more time off to take care of ourselves.
12/11/2020 02:35:47 pm
As Aragorn once said, "My dear Frodo, you bow to no one." In other words, do not apologize for putting your health first. Just please don't pull a Rothfuss & disappear for a decade. That would make me sad because it means you've lost your story. I bet writing OKAK was painful. Just know that Elder Empire was awesome, ambitious and as a reader, totally worth your suffering (mostly kidding). There are things you don't get from Shera that you get from Calder, and vice versa, which makes all six books such a more complete story vs a one-sided view. After reading Of Killers, I had to read Of Kings just to understand what wasn't told when Calder was absent from the storyline for a time. Guess that's what it takes these days to become a favorite author. Well, that and a love of oreos. Looking forward to a well-rested future version of Will.
12/11/2020 02:45:56 pm
Wanna play Rocket League with me, Will? I’ll carry, and you’ll rage a ton. It might even force that healing fairy in your backyard to start using her pixi dust. I heard it makes it seem as though you took a 3-month-break from writing.
12/11/2020 05:19:05 pm
I think most of us are disappointed with a longer wait but also that most of us understand as well.
If I do end up finishing Bloodline this month, I still won’t publish it until I get back, but I’ll send the manuscript to Audible and to my graphic designer for formatting so it’ll be ready to publish soon after I get back.
12/11/2020 07:27:45 pm
Personally, I came for the marvelous worlds of Cradle and the Elder Empire but I stayed for Will. His personality comes through his work and after years of reading someone's words it's hard not to care about them even without ever interacting personally.
12/11/2020 07:32:00 pm
Enjoy your time off. We wish you well
12/11/2020 09:56:26 pm
Hey I just wanted to say that I'll be here whenever the next book comes outs regardless of when or what book it is. Even with a long break built into your schedule you'll still be publishing at 3 to 4 times the rate of most authors I follow, or roughly infinity times the rate of Patrick Rothfus, so I think its a well deserved break. I hope you enjoy your vacation!
12/12/2020 02:20:43 am
The wise words of Fisher Gesha:
12/12/2020 02:51:50 am
We are fans for a reason. I am glad you decided this, will wait for your return announcement. Best, P27
12/12/2020 04:04:32 am
Well, I cannot think of any reason a long break can be a bad thing if you can accomplish it financialy. A physical vacation should render a great recovery mentaly for years to come!
Just a guy
12/12/2020 06:15:39 am
Fuck yeah, Will! A break is well deserved for everything you've done.
12/12/2020 09:46:41 am
12/12/2020 01:22:25 pm
A long break every few years? Take one at least annually dude, even teachers get the summer at least somewhat off. You're not slow as long as you're ahead of Pat Rothfuss and George R. R. Martin lol
12/12/2020 06:14:27 pm
Take all the time you need. Your health is worth more than all the books you push out. I would rather have you alive and well fort many yrs/books than burn yourself now. Stay blessed, I'll be praying for you and your fam!
12/12/2020 09:02:37 pm
Have a great break, Will!
12/12/2020 09:29:13 pm
A really deserved rest! Take care of yourself and enjoy your vacations.
12/12/2020 10:21:43 pm
Honestly Will you deserve this. You interact with your fans more than any writer that I've ever seen before. You’re at the point where you're apologizing for not updating your blog. Most writers don't have blogs. You've been pumping out books for us every year for the last several years. I started off reading your Travelers Gate series back in 2013 when I was just 8 years old(I actually picked it up because I thought Will Wight was the books name and it sounded super cool). Since then you've released TONS of new books for your fans. You stream for us whenever you release a book, you have podcasts, has a Discord, and releases short stories. Over the years you've become one of my favorite writers. In fact I'd say the only writer who’s s books I love even close to Cradle is Rick Riordan (different genre I know). You leave different things in your stories that your fans can make theories out of (actually got one partially right a few years ago with Sacred Valley being a prison. Just got the prisoner wrong. I guessed that Whisper was a sealed Monarch.) All in all, you deserve this break man. Take a break, maybe stream some Subnautica for us, and when your done I can't wait for your next book.
12/13/2020 03:16:44 am
Far from a disappointment to hear you’re looking after yourself. You do you bud.
David J Liberto
12/13/2020 04:07:35 am
Bro, don't apologize. Proud of you for having the balls to say everything you did. Shows real maturity. You've spent years providing for the family. Wintersteel was huge, and now you can rest. This is a marathon, but you've been going at a sprint for good reasons. Don't worry about us. I'm gonna read your books whenever they come out. Praying for you and the family. Enjoy your time off . I envision you now like a young Naruto leaving the Hidden Leaf for a few years to train with Pervy Sage. You'll come back stronger and hopefully know more than just a fancier rasengan...lol.
12/13/2020 09:16:12 am
Will. You idiot! Potato head! Senseless featherbrain!
12/13/2020 10:57:32 am
Thank you for sharing this with us Will. Take as long break as you need. Your health is paramount. We will be looking forward to your next installments regardless of it being 5 months or 5 years down the line. Take care man, and thank you for writing! <3
12/13/2020 02:22:19 pm
Hey man, I've been following your work for a long time, since the Traveller series was first published, and your works helped me think of fantasy in far more compelling ways. It was so clear to me, from a reader's perspective, that you had this unbridled joy in writing. And if you're feeling burnt out, then take that break man. You've earned it. I'd rather read a book written by you knowing you were well rested and having a good time writing, than reading something that made you feel miserable every step of the way.
The reader of books
12/13/2020 03:52:22 pm
It is ok. I kinda need the time to read up to Winterstill. I'm just finished Blackflame.
12/13/2020 06:44:24 pm
Do whatever you need to do to keep these high quality books coming. I love these and I can’t wait for your comeback after your writing injuries resolve themselves. It would not surprise me if you can’t make it a full 3 months without creating something though. Most creative artists I know can only handle so much consuming before they have to create again. They have to keep moving forward like sharks. Anyways I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers while you are recovering.
12/13/2020 09:26:41 pm
While I of course regret the extra wait for the next book, enjoy the vacation. Don't feel guilty about taking time to relax and stay healthy.
12/13/2020 09:30:43 pm
Will, go and enjoy yourself, and please don't feel guilty, everyone needs a holiday, especially after a year like this!
12/14/2020 09:23:39 am
Will, in case you read this; I want you to know that as a huge fan of your work that simply cannot get enough... I am not even a little sad by this delay. You take care of yourself and get better. Stay fresh and take your time. You deserve a break. Oh, and thank you for what you do. You bring so much joy... I appreciate you and all you do.
12/14/2020 11:52:13 am
well, a richly deserved break is certainly in order! i would hate to think we end up in the GRR Martin limbo of wondering if the book series will be complete before his health fails! or the Rothfuss "missing in action" scenario for that matter!
12/14/2020 01:35:27 pm
Waiting for Pat Rothfuss to get a move on makes your 3 month break sound like an afternoon nap. Enjoy it m8.
12/14/2020 08:38:17 pm
12/15/2020 07:42:55 am
Thoroughly glad you are taking some time off to recoup and recharge- those are usually required to be at our most creative and productive!
12/15/2020 08:35:07 am
Enjoy your well deserved break! I love your books and look forward to enjoying the next one no matter when it comes out :D
12/15/2020 03:40:26 pm
Man! Don’t write yourself into an early grave. Three weeks doesn’t mean much in the long run for devoted readers. Shoot we’ve waited 9 years for Patrick Rothfuss’s next book what is three months. Enjoy life you only get one of those! Also your post made me think of Goblin’s doing yoga to help correct their posture.
12/15/2020 03:55:57 pm
Cradle series got me back into reading after several years of not picking up a single one. I powered through the whole series in a week. Take as long of a break as you need, very much deserved.
12/15/2020 04:49:05 pm
A rest well earned, we appreciate you taking time for your health so we can continue to enjoy your work for years to come. Enjoy the gaming!
12/15/2020 07:02:47 pm
Whatever it takes to keep your writing as engaging as it has been! I love Cradle!!
12/15/2020 08:14:27 pm
I’m jealous Will. As a Dr in a pandemic, I truly empathize with your burnout. I am hoping maybe 2021 I can get some time off also. Take care of that spine and shoulder, chronic pain is no bueno. Your books have been amazing and as much as I enjoyed your earlier works, you have truly grown as an author. Don’t try to finish before the end of the year, take a break and when you are rejuvenated, come back and finish. It will be better for you and all of us. Take care.
12/15/2020 08:16:19 pm
Will, I'm not sure if you will read this, but that's ok. Here's the big thing: your fans will still be here. Taking a few months off from writing is nothing compared to taking FOREVER off from writing. If you don't enjoy what you do, it will show. If you burn yourself out, it wouldn't be good anyone who looks forward to your next book.
Will, have a good break man!
12/16/2020 01:35:27 pm
Enjoy your time off.
12/16/2020 11:27:40 pm
Will! Rest is an elusive one, she likes beaches and banana bread with easy spread butter... or maybe that's just the rest I've met. Either way I hope you find her and take as much time as you need. You're books are tight, whenever you release something new, you've got my support.
12/16/2020 11:33:27 pm
As long as you come back yoked we're cool.
12/17/2020 04:25:47 am
Enjoy your time off! See you when you get back.
12/17/2020 07:37:29 am
I love your work and the pace of your output. However, I would gladly read one book every 2 years than for you to suffer. Sure, I want Bloodline yesterday but only if it's something you wanted to make.
12/17/2020 01:45:09 pm
You should absolutely take a break if you want or need one, and there's no need to justify it in any way. Taking care of yourself is important and I hope you enjoy every minute of your time off!!
12/17/2020 06:10:49 pm
You don't need to feel bad for taking a few months off, especially after the ridiculous amount of amazing content you've pumped out over the last couple of years. You deserve a break! Heck, three months is nothing. I love your books, and I love how quickly you write them, but I'd be just as big a fan if you wrote one book every year or two. You're only human. Just please don't go Patrick Rothfuss or George R.R. Martin on me and stop writing altogether mid series. A couple months off or one book every year or two is totally normal. Enjoy the break! You deserve it.
12/18/2020 05:20:23 pm
Totally deserved. Honestly, Will, the fact that you persevered through the OKAK writing process to finish a story that was exhausting to write, didn't bring you joy, and was a financial loss considering you could've spent that time on Cradle - purely to provide closure for fans - shows your incredible generosity and integrity as an artist. The least we can do is allow you three months considering you used your own lifeblood to finish that story. If you end up needing four months to heal, or five, or six, no one here has any right to complain. We don't own you, we're just graced by your continued brilliance and are ready to throw money at you when you've replenished your blood supply.
12/19/2020 11:43:07 am
Hey Will, the more I learn about you, the more I'm convinced we're the same person if not for your wild success. We're the same age, live in Florida both, and even went to UCF at the same time (although my major was to drop out and work minimum wage jobs for 10 years.) I'd like to think in another universe, we were friends who met in college.
12/19/2020 09:20:51 pm
12/20/2020 02:51:52 pm
Dude! You are amazing. Please take as much time as you need. You've kept me entertained for years and it would hurt if you harmed yourself bringing joy to the rest of us. No need to keep blogging either. Just take a break from all this. All your fans will still be here. You deserve it.
12/22/2020 12:17:04 am
Don't you ever apologize for taking care of yourself my man. The world would be a much better place if we all took care of ourselves a bit more. Renew your energy, cycle for a while.
12/22/2020 01:28:38 am
Will, I have some advice for you. But first, some background. I work in EMS and am currently in the hospital/clinicals portion of Paramedic school. I used to treat working out as a hobby and I researched quite a bit of it and took classes like nutrition and fitness, and while I never pursued a career in it, I'm more knowledgeable than your average personal trainer (not the ones who actually have bachelor's in kinesiology, though). I also suffered a cervical injury and was a patient of Dr. Syhd Dillon, on of the leading chiropractic experts in the nation.
12/22/2020 01:34:50 am
Additional, you could try a cervical wedge pillow like this one:
12/22/2020 01:57:07 am
Looks like I rambled too long and got cut off. Oops! There's one more thing I want to mention though; I saved it for last because it's the most important and that seems to have been the wrong choice, but posture. Posture is even more important for people in a sedentary lifestyle than it is for people who are into exercising - don't discount its importance!!
12/22/2020 08:41:39 am
I’ve been a fan since travelers gate. I’ll keep reading as long as you’re writing. Enjoy your break and do what you need to to take care of yourself. Please don’t be shy about posting other good books you’ve enjoyed. I loved iron prince and wouldn’t have found it without your recommendation.
12/22/2020 11:37:25 am
As someone who has dealt with burnout off and on since 2017, I strongly recommend you take care of your mental health regularly! If you can afford it, you should, and f*** this system we live in. Good luck!
12/22/2020 12:49:15 pm
Take a break Will. Life is too short. I love your writing and reading your books but this journal entry makes me sad for you. You're fortunate enough to get your life in order, so do it. It's not like we're not going to wait for your next book. 😀
12/22/2020 01:42:33 pm
Do what you need to do to get healthy. I hope a few months off gets you where you need to be. I have one request before you go on vacation though. Please update the progress status for Bloodline so us fans have a clue where the book is when you take your break.
12/24/2020 05:03:38 am
I love your unsouled series which have had a wonderful binge. Take a break and enjoy yourself and don't feel guilty. You seem like a hard worker and do far better than many other authors with your time management and putting outth of books. Why don't you twitch some of your gaming in the coming months to your readers and pretend you're not taking a total break if you want. Thanks for the good times.
12/24/2020 08:41:08 am
Fwiw, I’d much rather you take a break than have you hate your work. Imo, the last 2 Harry Potter books were substandard because the publisher was hounding Rowling. I’d much rather read a labor of love than a chore churned out to meet arbitrary deadlines. Please just don’t become another Patrick Rothfuss. Pretty please?
12/25/2020 11:30:01 am
I really feel bad for trolling about releases now, even jokingly.
12/25/2020 06:08:02 pm
Take the time you need. Lord knows we all need it, especially when you are creating new and original content all day every day (I'd be exhausted after a week!) You put these books out at an insane pace, definitely makes sense to slow down for your own sanity.
12/26/2020 11:53:45 pm
Love to see an Author taking care of themselves. Best wishes and hope you come back recharged and reinvigorated. Too bad there aren't many places to go right now but being happy and healthy is the best we'll get.
12/27/2020 08:04:04 pm
I’d be happy to send you a sound transmission construct so you can take like an hour break every other day if that would help :)
12/29/2020 10:27:52 am
You do what you need to do for you and it sounds like you are going to do it. The books are amazing and waiting longer sucks, but it will be worth it if you're in your best health and can keep writing your amazing stories for many years to come.
12/29/2020 12:06:31 pm
The secret to good physical, mental, and spiritual health is.....deadlifting. I am an underlord on the Path of the Dead Lift. I can assist.
12/31/2020 04:35:01 am
As a fellow underlord on the Path of the Deadlift I can verify that this method will improve almost all of your physical self. It’s basically the Heaven and Earth Purification Wheel of lifts.
1/1/2021 05:45:24 pm
It's unbelievable and amazing how dedicated and creative your books are, and if anyone deserves a break it's the one and only (semi-famous) Will Wight. Maybe this pause will also allow you to experience some of the finer things in life and revisit some old flames, who knows, maybe even fall in love again... (with Traveler's Gate I miss it). Good luck and best wishes!
1/2/2021 08:57:42 pm
Will, thank you so much for your wonderful books! I love that you're stepping out for a bit and so glad that you're at a position in life that you can do that (and have the wisdom to see when it's needed). We're in your corner, friend! Nothing is as important as your mental , social, physical, and spiritual wellness. (But try to time your next break with the release of TBC Classic...)
1/3/2021 02:50:02 pm
Enjoy the break. Taking care of yourself is easy to say but hard to do. I always feel better when I’ve finished than when I start and it’s still hard to prioritize!
1/4/2021 11:14:45 am
I understand the working too hard part. It happens to all of us.
1/5/2021 09:18:12 pm
Enjoy the break, your books are amazing and the pace you have been going is equally astonishing. Take care of yourself first.
1/6/2021 02:04:27 am
Take your break. Enjoy yourself. I am so excited for bloodlines. This is the book I've been waiting for since you started the series. It sucks to wait but I understand the need for a break. Really i wish i could take a three month break. Your so lucky. But silver lining is that this way you will have the energy to give bloodlines your best.
1/8/2021 10:29:46 pm
You are a turd Will
1/28/2021 09:18:00 am
1/9/2021 06:29:51 am
Just finished Cradle for the 6th time, second time with Wintersteel in the mix. Can't freaking wait for the next one, but I will. Watch some yoga videos. It's like giving yourself a massage. Also, get some massages. Sciatica is very real for writers and massages will help that. Much love Will!
1/9/2021 04:20:08 pm
Enjoy your break dude, I've been extremely impressed by your writing in cradle, and was a big fan before with after finding the travellers gate trilogy. Thanks for effort, and look after yourself.
1/9/2021 09:34:23 pm
I've been giddily amazed at the rate you've published these Cradle books. They're so much fun to read. It's not surprising to hear you're burning out. Please take care of yourself and slow down as needed. Just don't pull a Rothfuss on us. :)
1/10/2021 05:10:09 am
Hey Will! I really enjoy your books! I've read and reread the whole series 4 times now and I just can't get enough of it. That being said, I agree to your decision of taking a nice, long, break. If anyone deserves it, it's you! 2020 has been hard on all of us, and the last thing i want to happen to you is you getting burned out from all this writing. After all, how will I get my beloved Cradle books if the author dies (again) due to exhaustion? Nobody wants that. So anyways, take your time and stay in good health.
1/11/2021 11:00:52 am
Health first Will, good on you.
1/13/2021 02:58:01 am
I hope you get yourself sorted out and fit. I love your books and look forwards to reading more of them when your back up and running.
1/14/2021 07:38:07 am
Excellent choice my friend. I recently retired earlier than I had always expected I would. It has its ups and downs...you’ll see
1/14/2021 06:02:52 pm
Hey Will! I am a huge fan of the Travelers Gate
1/16/2021 08:07:24 pm
Same as everyone above.
1/17/2021 08:12:56 am
Breaks are always necessary, Will. If you look over at the manga industry, there are plenty of huge authors that end up taking extended breaks because of problems that could've been prevented - usually the same back issues that you mention, really. Taking that break and preventing problems that may pop up in the future is valid, and a great idea. Have fun on break!
1/17/2021 01:41:44 pm
Hi Will! Amazing books, literally devour them right after every release, but I’m low key kinda worried cause you haven’t posted an update, hopefully it’s just cause your enjoying your vacation as well as you deserve for making such amazing novels for the world!
1/19/2021 08:25:45 am
Rest your weary heart, for the great Wight is enjoying his vacation. A vacation in which he has purposefully disconnected from the fandom to get true rest, relaxation, and recovery. As is deserved.
1/19/2021 04:43:01 am
I'm sorry that right when you decided to take time off, Florida decided to participate in Winter for the first time in a few decades. Hopefully it'll warm up and you can leave the Mouse's backyard and spend some time getting your groove back on the beach.
1/19/2021 10:47:57 am
1/19/2021 10:03:53 pm
So I was just checking if there was any updates and then I thought of a fun sounding way of coming up with new characters and cultivation techniques. What you do is ask your fans to come up with thier own Way and a small clan or sect make sure there is a limit in the rules like the highest person only ever made it too Overlord or something like a history afterall your going to put in more of the rogue cultivators in the outskirts of the Empire or other places and you might like the sound of some of the Way or Characters history people come up with. Then you would change it to match your stories and then you could say this person inspired this Way but I liked this inspiration of the clan, mix and match or just look at it for inspiration without using any of it, or it could inpire something new like a random standalone book. Although if it adds any unnecessary or negative pressure on you might not want to do it.
1/23/2021 11:25:57 pm
Just came here to say thank you. I love to laugh. I am getting close to 2000 audiobooks on my audible. You are one of three authors I can think of that makes me laugh out loud consistently. Thank you so much for taking care of yourself so that you can continue to write and bring so much enjoyment to others. P.S. Please for the love of God don't bail on us and leaving us hanging for multiple years you potential horrendous monster. <3
1/26/2021 01:43:21 pm
1/26/2021 02:05:08 pm
HOW DARE YOU SAY THAT IT IS SCUCH A GOOD BOOK YOU ARE SO WRONG!!!!
2/5/2021 10:10:43 pm
Ask yourself, "if this were made into film series, what network would it be on?" Cradle would likely end up with HBO as its next mega-series, while Iron Prince would likely end up on SpikeTV, assuming that still exists.
1/26/2021 01:49:41 pm
Hey will, thx for Iron Prince tip. Rly liked the book and pace.
1/27/2021 10:45:17 am
1/30/2021 07:53:02 am
1/30/2021 10:59:50 am
WILL is back guys.
1/31/2021 04:01:38 pm
I hope you enjoy your time off and I cant wait for cradle book 9. I recommend that you play No Mans Sky, which is a very fun game somewhat like subnautica but not at the same time.
2/5/2021 07:21:13 am
Wiiiiilllllllll I need more book (or manga/manhwa) recommendations. I read all of your books (obviously) and I read Iron prince as well (it was great). Now I’m scrounging for more quality works, but without much success.
2/10/2021 09:09:50 am
There's a meme that I, as a visual artist quite like and I think all creatives can resonate with. It's an artist drawing a picture and he's drained looking with the text bubble "I need a break", then the next panel he's playing a video game but still has a frown and the text bubble says "I feel like s***". I think we all feel obligated to our audience and want to make them happy. It's really hard to time time off, but I'm glad you've been doing it.
3/10/2021 05:20:32 pm
I just discovered the Cradle series a few weeks ago. I have already demolished the entire series and am now in the middle of book 8. I absolutely adore everything about these books. The characters, the plot, it is pure genius. I get so lost in them and even find myself smiling when I'm reading. I wish I would have slowed down because I'm not ready to stop reading! I'll have to be patient and wait for you to finish Bloodline. You deserve a break, most definitely nothing to apologize for. Thank you for writing these books!!!!!
3/21/2021 06:47:23 am
I've never left a comment on a website before but thought you should know something. I just started reading your books this month and can not put them down. I already finish everything on Cradle. Your stories are amazing and for those who enjoy them, you have giving us a world to dive in to escape our daily lives. I for one am grateful for anything you can give. Never feel bad for only being able to do only so much. Do I want more books, yes please, but know your fans will wait. To me a mark of a good story is not how many books are included but how many times I want to go back to them. Have a great time and come back to us refreashed and happy.
3/26/2021 02:35:16 pm
Whatever you need to do to rejuvenate do it. Im in love with this cradle series.
3/29/2021 08:52:21 am
I love your Cradle series, especially after the introduction of Ethan. Now there's a guy that would actually train gibbons to do something like dragging you to and from the keyboard!
Connor Scott Riches
12/5/2021 01:20:53 pm
Haha, hey no worries Will. I tell all my friends that you're one of the fastest writers I know; it's astounding the level of work you've been able to maintain. You're right up there in my top two though! Haha, nothing beats Cradle.
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