First off – hope everyone had an absolutely epic weekend.
Second of all – I know it’s been a minute since you’ve all seen me on here.
To be honest, I encountered a pretty bad case of writer’s burnout…there’s really no excuse for it – all that can be said is I’ve finally made it back onto the old writing chair and hopefully won’t be falling off it again. So hopefully this post will be just as refreshing for you as it has been for me…
Musings Episode 64: Writer’s Burnout…
But wait – then this got me curious – who else has gotten writer’s burnout? Or even the more commonly known writer’s block? How have you dealt with it? How long did it last?
Keep in mind, writer’s burnout is completely different from writer’s block. I’ll be going further into detail about it tomorrow on Make it Mondays – but for now there is a really great, brief post I came across from Stella Tarakson that sums it up quite easily (also, thanks to Drew Coffman for the awesome photo).
I know this sounds rather cliché, the whole conflicted writer bit, but it does have some validity to it. Writing is all about energy and a clear head.
When a person doesn’t have energy, not a single word can be plucked from their brain…
…and when a person has too much going on in their mind and can’t focus – filtering a simple paragraph out of all the “noise” can be like trying to direct traffic with no street lights in L.A.
Whenever I write, my surroundings have got to be serene, even if I’m writing about some pretty exciting stuff. For more active environments, I’d much rather make a vlog post of it or a simple spitball audio session.
There’s a sort of structure, even to the most casual writing, you know? You may not try and label it – heck, I know I don’t like to label it – but there is something about writing that in order to do it, in order to get your thoughts on paper, each and every writer has to have their own way or “style” of doing just that.
Writing for me comes down to getting as close to how I would usually talk in person – aka write like you talk. I think it’s the best form of writing as you can really connect with your reader, when all the formalities have been stripped down.
It’s like it breaks out of the typical mold most writing schools say you must adhere to – and for a moment, even if it’s a short one, you’re vulnerable…your words are vulnerable. Naked. Raw. Unfiltered.
You can talk about whatever it is you can think about, and say yay or nay as to whether or not you want to write about what everyone else is talking about.
Complete control over your own train of thought.
That’s what I love about writing. That’s why I do it. It allows you to educate, excite, inform, project, debate, and ponder over so much more than if you were to have a typical conversation with someone…because the thing with conversation is, usually it entails one party talking while the other is just waiting to speak as well.
Rarely is it that one actually listens in conversation…but when you listen, that’s when you connect with that person.
I write, because while I’m the observer in many sit-down social settings, it (writing) gives me the opportunity to pour my every thought out, uninterrupted.
…and it’s one of the most freeing things next to working out for me.
So now that I’m feeling back up to snuff to “bleed on paper” again, Rego’s Life will be back on schedule once more…and don’t forget to look out for tomorrow’s Make it Mondays, where you’ll see some pretty great tips as to how I personally deal with writer’s burnout and a great way you can, too. Until then…
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