Well alright. The blog has been dead in the water for nearly a year. I’m attempting to revive it with, ironically, a post about burnout.
The good news is, I finished The Midnight Hour and it is now with my crit readers and I am not-so-patiently waiting for their feedback.
But since I finished it, I haven’t felt able to write. I’ve had the ideas and I’ve made notes. I’ve been listening to music that makes me think “Hmmmm”. But in terms of actual writing I’ve been feeling pretty burned out over the past couple months. Life keeps on happening and sucking my will to write as I try to stay afloat.
The fact that I work from home may also be part of the issue. Once I’ve stared at my computer for hours on paying projects, I don’t feel like staring at it again. And it feels more like I can’t. I can’t be in that same space again.
I have no clue how to fix burnout. I think taking a break and not stressing about it helps. And I’m changing up the medium, at least to start: new fountain pen and ink and notepad, that I can bring with me anywhere. Which is the third thing: changing up the space. Gonna try scribbling in a coffee shop (or something). And since I’ll be starting a new job that will be out of the house, here’s hoping I’ll be able to work in my home space on the writing again.
So we’ll see. It may take a while. But better to start with baby steps than no steps at all. Because there are so many stories I want to tell. Because this book needs to get out and the rest of the story needs to be told, dammit.
Watch this space.
And while you wait, have some good music (because Jamie N Commons is always a good idea):