Strategies to overcome writer's burnout, part 1
Dear writer, are you feeling burned out?
Is your word count and productivity down? Do you want to beat your head against a wall to battle writer's block?
Shake those blues, and concentrate on something other than your work in progress.
Need some suggestions? (I thought you’d ask.)
Take some photographs.
Grab your camera and take a field trip to a local park, busy shopping area, town square. Let yourself focus on whatever catches your fancy. You may look back at your images and see a spark of an idea in a situation, location, or the faces of people being alone or interacting with each other. *Just don’t appear to be a stalker, this is what zoom lenses are for.
Take care of business.
Concentrate on other writing-related tasks.
Revise a manuscript.
Send out queries.
Research the market.
Relax and smile. This is not the end of the world.
Remember, “This, too, shall pass.”
The more you worry, the harder it is to think clearly.
Vent your frustrations to someone you trust.
Take a break from writing.
If the thought of having to write makes you feel ill or anxious, take a break. This is not the same as quitting. There’s nothing wrong will allowing yourself a brief sabbatical. But give your sabbatical a definite time frame.
Got it? Good.
Okay, do you have any suggestions to share? What do you do when you're feeling blah about your writing?