Thursday, September 27, 2012

Writer's Burnout

 Are you feeling burned out?
 Is your word count and productivity down? Don’t beat your head against a wall battling writer's block?
Shake those blues, and concentrate on something other than your work in progress.
Need some suggestions? (I thought you’d ask.)
1. 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 face of people being alone or interacting with each other. *Just don’t appear to be a stalker. This is what zoom lenses are for.
2. Take care of business.
• There are other tasks you can do that are writing related.
• Revise a manuscript
• Send out queries
• Research the market
3. 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.
4. Vent your frustrations to someone you trust.
5. 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. Give your sabbatical a definite time frame. 

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