I don’t know if I’m getting burned out or maybe it’s a struggle against writers block, but lately I’ve been having difficulty getting the words on the page. I’ve still been hitting my goal of 500 words of new fiction every day, but I have to admit that it has been a struggle.
So what you do when the words don’t come? Probably the only answer is to keep trying.
I’m not giving up. I’m continuing to write. I’m still going to get my 500 words a day, at least for this week. This week marks the end of the ROW80 challenge. I’m going to tough it out to the end, then I’m going to rethink my goals. For the next round of the challenge, I think I will set some more modest goals. I’ll still have a goal to write every day, but it will be a lot less than 500 words. And I think I’m going to give myself more leeway on the type of writing that I do. For example, I still have a lot of editing to do on Dragons At Dawn. I’m going to count the rewrite time that I spend as my writing for the day.
Another goal that I have for the next three months is going to be to read through the increasingly large stack of writing books that I have, and that I continue to purchase. It’s extremely frustrating having all of these wonderful books on writing, that I know would be a huge help to my craft, and not having the time to read them. So another goal that I’ll have is going to be to read through at least one writing book a week. I’ve also been thinking that some of the writing that I do may simply be from the exercises in the books.
So that’s how I’m going to deal with my burnout. I’ll still keep writing every day, because I feel it’s important to stay in the habit, and because I know that any writing I do is going to help me improve as a writer.
Please share your own experiences with burnout and writers block. How do you deal with it when you’re having trouble getting the words to come out?