Author: Captain StarCastle
Date: 08-09-10 10:34
I thought I would bring this up, knowing we all go through this from time to time here at PAN. It's part of being a writer.
'Burned Out' can mean many things to a writer. Maybe you've created all the stuff you've had in mind to create for a particular character or story line. Maybe your novels are slow and nothing is going on around PAN that interests you; this can make one feel bored and unproductive very quickly and can smother any creative ideas you might have. I think that is the big reason we take on so many projects around the site, create multiple characters, get in too deep, to keep busy. Always on the lookout for that next writing 'high' as it were.
Maybe you're just exhausted from writing period, real life is overwhelming and your time here is limited. Maybe you're tired of pulling folks along in your story, frustrated, feeling like you're doing all the work; or perhaps you're tired of dealing with confrontations between writers.
But in truth, maybe you're brain is just fried.
These are all normal situations and to be expected in a community of diverse writers and stories. How you handle these days, even weeks of 'burn out' is up to you.
As for me, I just take the break, sit back, log in and scan the boards and dailies and if nothing is happening, I log off. I don't force the issue. I don't make myself write something. That can be too painful and really, I believe posting for the sake of posting is non-productive. I will go in spurts too. Will do Novels one week and Ref/Bks the next. I don't make myself write a post. But that's just me. Some folks will say you have to write everyday, put something down no matter what it is.
How do you deal with 'Burn Out' when it comes?