How to Avoid Writing Burnout

Posted June 3, 2015 by Briana in Productivity / 2 Comments

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If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I am ambitious.

I’m so driven that I pour every ounce of myself into my work, bleeding myself dry with every word I put down. This work ethic is a mixed blessing: I tend to accomplish many things, but it’s not uncommon for me to fall out of my chair exhausted at the end.

When Memorial Day Weekend rolled around, I promised myself to write 10K before going back to work on Tuesday. Long story short: I didn’t even come close. I spent the weekend resting, watching movies, and catching up on some books on my TBR list. And you know what?

The world didn’t end.

As human beings, we spend so much time rushing around and trying to make everything happen that we often don’t notice how exhausted we are. Our minds don’t get the chance to rest. When that happens, it can be difficult to get any real work done, creative or otherwise.

In order to stay productive, you have to take breaks. Take care of yourself. If you’re like me, you might not notice you’re a victim of burnout until you find yourself teetering on the edge of a breakdown. Relax.

Author Ava Jae has a great post about self-care for writers. If you don’t take care of your mind and body, your writing will suffer. In order to succeed, you need to stay sharp. If you want to stay sharp, you need to take breaks. It doesn’t matter how long the breaks are or what you do during them that matters – it’s the fact that you’re stepping away from the work to give yourself some breathing room.

What are your tips for avoiding writing burnout? How do you feel about taking breaks?

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2 responses to “How to Avoid Writing Burnout

  1. This is a topic that’s really close to my heart, so I loved this post, Briana. Sometimes we do need to just step away. I did have a 10K writing weekend recently (my first ever!) but it was followed by some personal crises that demanded my attention, and I ended up blogging about the coping strategies I developed from it: http://victorialynnfry.blogspot.ca/2015/04/how-to-cope-when-everything-falls-apart.html and http://victorialynnfry.blogspot.ca/2015/04/when-writing-project-gets-sidelined.html

    Honestly, I’ve had to get a lot better about practising self-care over the last six months or so. I couldn’t live the life I imagined for myself if I was sick and exhausted all the time!

    • Briana Morgan

      Thanks so much! 10K writing weekends are great, but they can certainly be exhausting. Self-care is of the utmost importance. How can you take care of anything else if you don’t take care of yourself?