How to Not Get Burnt Out on Writing

Sometimes, I have a hard time getting words on the page. This isn’t because of a lack of planning, or writer’s block, or something else entirely. The truth is, writing a lot on the same story is something that can cause you to get burnt out. It’s happened to me. For Kingslayer, I worked on that story for 10, so by the time I was done nitpicking and changing words around, I was sick of writing everything and anything. This is part of the reason my blogs will sometimes not get posted, but I digress.

The real question is, how do we avoid getting burnt out? Well, that’s a great question. I feel like most writers should be able to slow things down and live a little. Experience the world, hang out with friends, yada, yada, yada. Now, that’s not to say don’t write during your scheduled writing periods; however, you have to be willing to take a break and explore the world. For instance, I’m going on a trip to Houston in a couple of weeks, and I will likely not do any fiction writing during large portions of that trip.

Now, writing is important if you want to see your work in print, but for goodness sake, don’t burn yourself out in the process. If need be, take Saturdays off (or some other day of the week). Just give yourself some time to do other things, because too much of a good thing can be bad for your mental health.

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–N.L., 2017

Writing While Under Emotional Distress

Unless you don’t typically read my blogs, you’ll notice I write mostly about writing in general or my own personal writings. I don’t typically write about what’s going on in my life, and that’s just the way it is. The truth is, I’m a very private person. But for this blog, I have to make an exception.

Those of you who’ve been following me will, without a doubt, know all about my novel Kingslayer and that I’m currently working on an epistolary novel as well. What you may not have noticed, however, is that my work on both those projects and my blog and Twitter posts have decreased significantly. I’ve begun missing scheduled blog posts, I haven’t been working on my new book, and the eBook edition of Kingslayer isn’t yet out.

The reason for this is because last week, my girlfriend of 6 1/2 years broke it off with me. I won’t go into details. She doesn’t deserve that. But rest assured we’re both good people; we just weren’t right for each other. What our breakup has meant, however, is that my writing is slower than usual, and I’m having to get used to writing while under emotional distress.

Some days it’s easy, while others… not so much. Some days I can’t do it at all. I feel like I’ll be able to get some done today, but we’ll see. The point is, writing while upset isn’t easy, and I’ve never been good at making myself write when I don’t feel motivated. But to those of you who are feeling like I am right now, perhaps for a different reason, the important thing is to be persistent, because the pain of today won’t last forever. I know my ex-girlfriend will find someone she’s meant to be with, and I won’t rest until I’ve found someone too. But even before that happens, I know I’ll get back to writing (which is a pretty good stress reliever).

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–N.L., 2017