Thursday, 14 November 2013
I feel like this is an important step for me. It's not really a break, it's more of a shift in priorities. I feel like I've been pushing myself a lot these past few months, and while a little determination isn't a bad thing, I was starting to feel worn down and burnt out. I wasn't enjoying writing the way I used to, so I decided to take a step back and refocus things.
So far this month I've written about a dozen new poems, one short story and one flash piece. It's not that I didn't enjoy writing, but I was just getting tired of everything feeling so hard. I love writing, and yes, sometimes it's hard, it should be. If it's not hard sometimes that means that you're never pushing yourself. But I'm tired. I'm tired of pushing and grinding and forcing and slogging. It felt like I was going up a mountain, but instead of taking the ski lift, I was opting to walk. It's a long climb, and for a while, I want to be on the ski lift. I spent from April to October working diligently on The Demon In Him and immediately after I started Pitbully. So I'm taking a break. I don't know how much longer it's going to last, because even now I can feel myself wanting to write Pitbully again. I do know, that I'm going to keep writing poetry and short stories. They're heck of a lot of fun for me and let's face it, that's why I really do this, it's fun.
I guess I just needed to remind myself of that.
What do you do when you start to suffer from burn out?