A bridge over a beautiful waterfall

A bridge over a beautiful waterfall
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Writing burn out

I have a confession to make. I've been slacking on my writing. You know about my Netflix addiction if you read Monday's post. But I've also been reading the archives on www.notalwaysright.com and its sister pages. There are a lot of them.

I think the main reason is I just don't feel like writing. I've spent a lot of time working on things and didn't take much in the way of breaks. I am getting some done every day, but sometimes it's only a few paragraphs rather than a few pages.

I've been feeling a little like a failure, though I know I'm not. I'm so used to cranking out sometimes around 4000 to 5000 words a day that only getting a few hundred makes me feel like I'm not doing enough.

I know I should write more. But I haven't figured out which story I want to work on. I was working on the sequel to my NaNo novel, but I realized I need to change a major point in the first one so I stopped on the sequel until I can change what I need to in the first one. I've also got a character I need to work with who changes from one story to the next and I need to give some kind of foreshadowing in the first book about the shift.

I've also got Marked to edit. I'm holding off on that until I get some world building done. I need to make sure I have all the details set in stone before I can do much with the editing. Yet I'm struggling with that too.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I know I'm going to figure something out soon but for now I think I'm going to enjoy the relaxation I feel from not writing as much as I usually do. What about you? Do you ever get burned out on something to the point where you need to set it aside for a while?


  1. I just wrote a similar post today. I'm not feeling at all like writing, and I'm not sure if the desire will ever return. I hope it will.

  2. I wrote something similar today as well. Congratulations for getting those few hundred words out, though. It's a cliche, but every little bit does help.