Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Writer's Block or Burnout?

With the exception of prolific authors such as Stephen King, Nora Roberts, Isaac Asimov, Barbara Cartland, and Danielle Steel and a few others, there are times for the rest of us when it's simply difficult to write.

Is it writer's block, or perhaps burnout? Or a bit of both?

Sometimes when we have plans to write, but life happens and takes us away from those best intentions. And in the interim, we lose focus and put it aside for another time. Procrastination.

Now some writers recommend that the best way to break through writer's block is to write. That has worked for me at times.

But I find the key to success is having a purpose for what I'm writing. There has to be a goal. I certainly don't want to be writing around in circles. 

That's why it's good to have solid ideas on what you want to put on the screen. It at least gives you a map to look at while you're unsure which road to take. By writing, you will probably find the direction you want to go. 

And sometimes I wonder if writers simply develop burnout after so many years? Weak sales may make some decide that there are better things to do. Some may decide the struggle simply isn't worth it. It does get discouraging at times.

There are other reasons as well, such as physical or mental illnesses. Maybe there is something physically wrong that takes us from our writing. Maybe depression is working against us. Sometimes we don't realize what has diverted us from something we once enjoyed.

Whatever the reasons, sometimes it's good to take a break from the rigors of it all. We all know it's a rather lonely endeavor to write a book.

Until the next time... 

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