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This is when writing gets tricky

This is when nothing clicks anymore. When your sentences sound awful, your story doesn’t make sense, you can’t think or concentrate. I believe this is writers burn out. This is writers burn out for me.

This is the point when you wonder for the first time if you should ditch it. Dismantle it all. Everything.  And call it a day. This is where I am. I hate to admit it. Admitting it makes it real.

This isn’t writers block. This is something completely different, completely foreign.

My novel is still on my mind, new ideas still come to the surface. Some days I jot them down, other days I push them away.

I’m pretty sure this is why blogs disappear, novels go unfinished, talent goes untapped or unseen. This is when writers walk away.

Walking away isn’t my plan.

But I have been putting too much pressure on myself. Listening to too much noise. I suppose it’s part of the process–these revelations of sorts. I hope.

So, I believe the only solution is to leave it be for a while. Take a few more walks, run a little farther–a little faster and try to regain the passion that put me in front of my laptop screen in the first place.

3 responses

  1. I think it is the time of year Laney! I am coming out of my burn out time, I know of others currently going through it.

    If you can bear it, take a week off, and if you feel you need it, take another one. I wish I had. Instead I continued on, knowing I was writing absolute rubbish, both for my blog and my WIP. Now i’m through it, I shake my head at my stupidness, but you know, I have learnt so much!

    As writers we are piling the pressure on. We don’t have to. We just need to work at our own pace. For some it is writing so many words a day, others just set a weekly, or even fulfilling a monthly quota. I right now am working on a as long as i write 1 chapter (yep, just the one) a week, I shall remain content. Otherwise I think I may just end up walking away. Like you, that isn’t my plan.

    Hope you fnd a way to get some rest and get back on track.

    June 2, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    • Thanks Ellie, always appreciate your kind words.
      The pressure has indeed been piled on, I suppose it’s self-inflicted, although unintentionally so. Honestly, I believe it’s a matter of listening to myself again and not all the other chatter that surrounds this industry. It seems part of the process, almost as if hitting the wall needs to happen in order to avoid it the next time–or at least bump into it instead of crashing head on. At the end of the day, my investment is too deep to abandon. For now, I’m going to write when it feels like I am contributing in positive way as I royally messed up my first few pages a couple of days ago. Just couldn’t leave it alone.
      Hope your headache is better:)

      June 3, 2011 at 9:02 am

      • It is much better thank you!

        Listening to yourself is definitely number one priority, though if you are anything like me by the time you get chance to listen to yourself the day has passed and it’s time for bed!

        June 3, 2011 at 5:15 pm


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