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Writer’s Burnout: Really Useful Links by Lucy O’Callaghan

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Lucy O'Callaghan

Lucy O’Callaghan

It can be difficult to keep going when you are feeling tired of writing. You may feel worn out, frustrated, and begin to hate your writing. If you’re questioning whether you are a writer, you might have burnout. For those of you taking part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) you could well be feeling it now. It is an intense month of writing, and a huge commitment to get those words on the page each day. If you feel like you are wilting a little, don’t worry, you probably aren’t the only one. I have put together some articles and podcasts that will hopefully help you understand writer’s burnout and how to work through it.

  1. https://blog.papertrue.com/how-to-defeat-writers-fatigue-during-nanowrimo/

The advice here is to slow down and take baby steps. Remember the saying ‘Slow and steady wins the race.’ Get your writing in as early in the day as you can, even if it means getting up an hour earlier. Even if you are not writing, take notes and read.

  1. https://thetrustybookmark.com/writing-performance/5-key-ways-writers-avoid-burnout-nanowrimo-and-beyond/

This article explains that self-care and understanding are needed to avoid burnout. You need to be realistic with your writing and be forgiving with yourself. Taking care of your body and mind is as equally important as your output.

  1. https://www.jessicabrody.com/2019/11/5-tips-for-avoiding-novel-writing-burnout/

Jessica Brody, author of Save the Cat Writes a Novel, encourages the writer to take productive brain breaks. She says that you should keep your workspace clear and clean, this will keep your head clear so that there is more room for creativity.

  1. https://cozyrebekah.com/2017/10/25/nanowrimo-burnout/

This short blog suggests a change of scenery, if you write at home try a coffee shop or vice versa. Give a different writing project go, maybe try journaling. If you are struggling then reach out to other writers.

  1. https://writetodone.com/recover-from-writing-burn-out-18-tips-for-writing-with-gusto/

Understanding writer’s burnout can help you face your problem and refresh your writing and creativity. This article shares 18 tips such as decluttering your desk, doing some freewriting, disconnecting for a while, and mixing up your writing style and experiment.

  1. https://nybookeditors.com/2020/06/how-to-overcome-creative-burnout/

This post discusses how to conquer writer’s fatigue and reignite your creative passion. It lists common symptoms and advises you to take time away from writing, get some rest, and read a good book for inspiration.

  1. https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2018/05/11/healthy-writer-tips-managing-stress-anxiety-and-burnout/

Fatigue, stress, and anxiety can all contribute to writer’s burnout. This article advises you to acknowledge your feelings. Allow yourself to get organised, start saying no, and try a digital fast.

Podcasts

  1. https://open.spotify.com/episode/5sjspC8bx0atmfMyF8k3Mz

This podcast by How to Win at Nano is called This is too hard, what am I doing wrong? It is all about the darker side of NaNoWriMo and the bad writing days. It explains how to recover when you are falling behind, and why you should continue anyway.

  1. https://www.well-storied.com/blog/how-to-recover-from-writing-burnout

Discussed in this podcast is the writer’s creative well, and that drawing too deeply or too often from it can cause creative exhaustion that leaves you too weary to do what you love. Suggestions of ways to refill your creative well are given.

YouTube video

This is the first of three YouTube videos where Becca Syme talks about writer burnout. She introduces the Spoon Theory and explains Energy Pennies.

There are lots of tips here for you to take out snippets of what works for you. Try some of them and see how you feel about them. Don’t underestimate the power of reaching out to other writers. If you are experiencing writer’s burnout, you can be guaranteed other writers are too. I hope this week’s column has been helpful for you. If there are any particular writing topics you want me to cover, please get in touch.

(c) Lucy O’Callaghan

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Twitter: @LucyCOCallaghan

About the author

Writing since she was a child, Lucy penned her first story with her father called Arthur’s Arm, at the ripe old age of eight. She has been writing ever since. Inspired by her father’s love of the written word and her mother’s encouragement through a constant supply of wonderful stationary, she wrote short stories for her young children, which they subsequently illustrated.
A self-confessed people watcher, stories that happen to real people have always fascinated her and this motivated her move to writing contemporary women’s fiction. Her writing has been described as pacy, human, moving and very real.
Lucy has been part of a local writing group for over ten years and has taken creative writing classes with Paul McVeigh, Jamie O’Connell and Curtis Brown Creative. She truly found her tribe when she joined Writer’s Ink in May 2020. Experienced in beta reading and critiquing, she is currently editing and polishing her debut novel.
Follow her on Instagram: lucy.ocallaghan.31. Facebook and Twitter: @LucyCOCallaghan

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