Wednesday, April 3

Bactine for Writer's Burnout Part 7 (Don't Force Yourself) / IWSG + GIVEAWAY

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What is writer’s burnout?

Burnout is very different from writer’s block. It’s worse. Writer’s burnout is something you feel deep down…bone-deep. It’s just like when athletes burnout from working themselves too hard and too much for too long. They can lose their love of the sport, physically and mentally. You can get writer's burnout from doing anything related to being an author.

To read my story and the tips I previously shared check out:
Bactine for Writer's Burnout Part 5 (Free Your Mind with Walking) Tips 14 - 15
Bactine for Writer's Burnout Part 6 (One Day at a Time) Tips 16 - 17

More Tips to Help You START Reversing Writer’s Burnout:

The worst thing you can do while suffering from writer’s burnout, in my experience, is to force yourself to write. Doing this will only make it that much harder to write. You will form a resistance to it.

What usually happens when someone forces you to do something you don’t want to do or you’re unable to do or are struggling to do?

You refuse.

You cross your arms and shake your head.

You snap. You bite. You tell them to back off and leave you alone.

Get the picture?

In this situation, you’re playing both roles.

The part of yourself that desperately wants to write and knows you “should” be writing (there’s that nasty ‘should’), is telling you to write. Come on, write something! It’s not that hard. You can work on another story, instead.

And the part of yourself dealing with the full brunt of your burnout is refusing. I’m exhausted. I’m not motivated. I tried working on another story, but it didn’t work. I tried, okay, I tried, but I can’t!

I had several people telling me to take a vacation from writing for a couple of weeks and then pick the story back up again, and then, like magic, I’d be able to work on it renewed. This is usually a tip I offer to people with writer’s block (the little brother to writer’s burnout), and it was something I tried before I publicly talked about my burnout, but it did not work.

Another piece of advice was to sit down (butt in seat) and force myself to write, which, again, I had done, and it worked for a day or two, but then my burnout would flare hotter and sink me lower than before.

BACTINE 18: Don’t Apply Force

Forcing yourself to write is not always the answer. It can certainly help with normal day-to-day writing when you have to stop procrastinating and being lazy. It can even help with writer’s block and those times when you have little to no motivation, but with burnout, it can have the opposite of the desired effect.

BACTINE 19: Be Gentle

Sometimes, the best course of action in this situation is to be gentle. You always expect too much of yourself, don’t you? You tend to work yourself to the bone, right? Don’t do that now. You’re in this place because you did that. Now you need to reverse course, change your usual habits. Let your mind, body, and soul rest…for however long it needs.

During that time, keep doing the things I’ve laid out so far.

And believe.

QUESTIONS: Do work yourself too hard, too much? What happens when you do?


Eligibility: This giveaway is open to members of the Insecure Writer's Support Group Book Club on Goodreads.

Number of Winners: One

Prize Given to Winner: Hardcover Copy of The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman

Giveaway Ends: April 8, 2019 12:00am Eastern Standard Time

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