Writer’s Burnout

Once upon a time I believed I was a patient woman. I calmly dealt with interruptions, edited and re-wrote entire chapters with ambition and energy.

Now those days feel like a fairytale.

My overwhelming book project looms unfinished before me. Although it has brought equal measures of discouragement and excitement, today as my creative juices are at an all time low, I feel the sting of frustrating tears. I fight a desire to rip up the entire book and give up. (Or burn it – shred it – pick your pleasure.)

Recalling a time when my father used a blowtorch on the back hedge to rid himself of a pesky hornet’s nest I weigh the wisdom in rash decisions. Yes, he killed the hornets, but he also set the hedge on fire. Overreacting is out.

So what’s a writer to do?

A quick search on the internet provided me with plenty of suggestions. I can:

Take a vacation.

Take care of myself.

Relax.

Read a good book.

Discard my self-imposed deadline and stop driving myself so hard.

Since I am a hobby writer and not a career writer with no impending deadlines on the horizon I plan to take a vacation from my tough writing schedule. I’ve set the book aside (for a short time) to write something fun – like my blog. I plan to use the dusty elliptical decorating our basement a little more often, find a good book and soak in a hot bath. The re-write can wait.

You may all hold me accountable.

9 thoughts on “Writer’s Burnout

  1. Merle Hagerty says:

    I once thought I would like to be a writer…but having 4 children in 6 1/2 years took all the energy, patience,and dedication I could muster up at the time. And then I had another blessing arrive in the form of a baby boy when I was 40 and my older kids were teenagers! I love your writing, Stacey, and I hope you can finish your book some day. It will wait, but the kids, your home, your husband, and you yourself will probably take most of your time for a few years.

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    • staceyweeks says:

      I am finding that to be true Merle. I do love writing so I expect once I feel refreshed to be back at it. I usually prefer to write at night over watchng TV. Since the kids are in bed and Kev is usually watching a hockey game it is perfect. But I’m planning to take a few days (maybe weeks?) off and do some reading for pleasure.

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  2. Rosemarie says:

    Good for you Stacey!
    I know only too well that you have to go through the stress, frustrations, and hair pulling, screaming stages before common sense prevails, I am just so pleased you have finaly got there, who knows you may even find after a few months it will all just come flooding back and you will be iching to put pen to paper. In the mean time make the most of it.

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  3. Linda Weeks says:

    Reading a good book and soaking in the tub I think is what the doctor ordered for you. Take the time and do that. You deserve it!!!

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  4. Jo Penner says:

    Self care – we all need to be reminded of the importance of this regardless of profession. Good for you. I tried a puzzle so I could see a finished project … Didn’t work out the best, but it was an attempt. Thanks for the reminder – writer’s block or not.

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  5. staceyweeks says:

    It is a reminder I need often Jo. It’s easy to let life carry me away in a flurry of activity that I forget to stop and enjoy the moment.
    We tried a puzzle at Christmas. It ending up being more frustrating than relaxing 🙂

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