Jun 8, 2011

Burnout

As I mentioned in my previous post, I've been pushing myself a little too hard with my writing. Not in terms of time spent writing, but in terms of stressing myself out for not writing more. I've taken a few days to chill out and spend time not thinking about my current WIP, or my first novel's upcoming editing process. I feel better for it, I think, though I may have picked up a bit of a head cold, which isn't fun. At least hot port can fix that.

It was a bit of a struggle trying to enjoy myself while not thinking about writing. Have I really become so focused that I can't switch it off? It's not healthy to devote all of one's free time to one single endevour. I used to write with the vague idea that I wanted to be a writer "someday." Somewhere along the line it became a sold career goal, and I treat it as such. Enjoying writing so much, it's easy to forget that it's not completely recreational anymore, and that I need to watch for signs of stress and burnout.

I have plenty of time to work on my current WIP. Locked Within won't be out until next year. I have a long time to get the sequel ready for submission.

Do you guys have trouble with burnout?

7 comments:

  1. Yes, Paul, I do. So you are doing the right thing by recognizing it and taking care of yourself, especially if you've got a cold. I find the more I relax about my writing, the easier it comes. Go figure. Feel better!!!
    Karen

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  2. I can barely find fifteen minutes at a time for my WIP, so I haven't felt burnt out yet. But late at night I just feel like I should stop thinking and go to bed. Maybe that's daily burn out...

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  3. Karen: Thanks. My sinuses are still hurting. The last thing I want right now is another sinus infection. Blegh.

    Brent: I don't usually stop thinking until I actually fall asleep. Sometimes I think it'd be nice to...

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  4. I can relate. My job involves me writing and editing scientific articles all day, additionally I try write fiction in my spare time.
    I've found running can help me switch off and forget about writing for hours afterwards. Perhaps this would work for you also?

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  5. Ah... YES! I think about writing ALL the time. And when I'm not thinking about writing, I'm thinking about all the promo I should be doing... sigh! I started giving myself permission not to do anything writing related on Sundays, and it seems to be working.

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  6. Matthew: My mind wanders very easily, usually straight to writing or planning my next book. I'd spend all that running time thinking about it!

    Talli: I think part of my problem is that I love it all so much it feels like I'm depriving myself if I try to not think about it.

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  7. I was like this a while back and then my brain just took care of it and put writing on the back burner. Then I worried that I couldn't write again! But now I'm starting a new novel and things are much more balanced. Balance is one of the hardest things in the world for me.

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