Looking back on this post, it’s a bit vague, though the sentiment is there, I think. We all experience burnout at some point in our lives. When we turn our hobbies into jobs and suddenly we rely on them for survival it’s easy to get burned out. Writing has always been one of my favorite things to do, but now, instead of being my release it is my job. Gone are the days when I could sit down and write for the fun of it. Now, when I finish a draft, I have to edit and reedit and all of the things that come with publishing a new book. It gets harder to find the time to sit and create.

But it’s not the end of the world. It’s just another season and every season comes to an end.

Burnout is a very real thing. If I didn’t have three projects that had to be finished RIGHT AWAY, I’d have burnout right now and I’d sleep and read it off for a month or two.

What is burnout? In the easiest terms, it’s when you can’t make yourself do the thing that you love. I never knew what burnout was until one of my favorite authors did a series on her blog a few years ago about how she was struggling through burnout. I didn’t understand it until I went through it myself a few years ago.

There are ways of dealing with burnout. One of the best ones is to just stop. Take a break. If you need to push some dates or cancel some things indefinitely, that’s okay, because guess what? When you’re not into what you’re doing, your readers can tell. That goes for anything. Sports, art, literature, you name it. If YOU don’t want to do what you’re doing, your FANS aren’t going to be interested, either.

Another thing you can do to deal with burnout is to get a new hobby. Take up cross-stitch or knitting or a sport. Learn to draw or paint. Take a class on wine tasting… đŸ˜‰

One more thing you can do to deal with burnout? Exercise. No, I’m not joking. The endorphins that your brain secretes when you workout make you feel good. And that helps jumpstart your creativity. If you absolutely refuse to workout, try cleaning the house or working in the yard.

These aren’t quick fixes. Burnout takes time, but you CAN move past it!

~TCK

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