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The scribbled tips on how to deal with the Writer’s burnout

FEATURE: Tips on how to deal with the Writer's burnout.

By AnnJellica MarasiganPublished 26 days ago 4 min read
The scribbled tips on how to deal with the Writer’s burnout
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The world is built to be chaotic and so-fast paced; it has so many demands, especially for writers who are chased by unending deadlines which may lead to burnout.

Being a writer would not merely stop in writing. Others may think that if you work as one, the words are just easy for your brain or perhaps, for your mouth to spit. However, that is not the case. Primarily, being a writer is also exhausting as writing takes a long process before we publish a story that the audiences are reading in their textbooks, magazines, or even on their mobile phones.

As you scribble words onto the process of writing, the exhaustion to write will be inevitable; and there are times that you’ll have no motivation to write even if you want to. Probably, brought on by the writer’s burnout from doing the same thing almost every day – story pitching, writing, editing, revision, editing again, and publishing, which may lead to gradually losing your interest in doing things you once found exciting.

Writer’s burnout: Let me know you!

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Foremost, and to be clear, writer’s burnout and writer’s block are not equal, they are different from one another.

Writer’s block is the inability to write, and the words are not coming out despite trying so hard. Meanwhile, writer’s burnout is more extreme.

It is caused by the ‘excessive and prolonged stress’ which leads to a state of exhaustion mentally, emotionally, and physically that makes the writers unwilling and unable to finish the task within their beloved profession.

This happens when we are overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and cannot meet the endless responsibilities or demands. Thus, if the stress persists, we would feel losing the spark or interest and motivation for what we are doing, especially to the things that we once enjoyed doing.

Another thing, burnout also sucks energy which affects our productivity. As what have mentioned earlier, the loss of motivation will arise despite trying so hard – it’s like we have nothing more to give, and we are just doing tasks as a chore and not because we are enjoying it.

Moreover, burnout also negatively affects not just one area of our lives. It also spills over into our homes, social life, and even in workplaces.

Let’s burn the Burnout!

Just like writing, dealing with burnout is also a long and gradual process. It is not a linear process and does not happen overnight. Hence, here are some tips on how to deal with the writer’s burnout:

  • Put down your pens, and go out

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There’s no point in rotting in front of your screen and pushing yourself to be motivated to write, and once you do, it’s like you are merely burning more of your creativity.

As a writer, it is also essential for us to put down our pens, take a break, and go out to explore, breathe, and get away from our daily duties because doing the same things also contributes to our burnout. To deal with it, it is also time to reconnect with ourselves and take care of our well-being – we can walk, run, jog, or even go on a trip, to socialize, or deal with the mundane chores inside our houses to help us relax, and for our physical and mental being as well, especially to function even more.

  • Plot your writing schedule

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Grinding too much, as well as writing most of the time paves the way for burnout. To prevent it, it would help to impose a limitation by scheduling your writing session. Pick a time to write. Start on time, and Don’t overwork. Remember, just do and follow what time works for you but don’t overwork yourself, because eventually, you’ll be the one who will struggle, hence, taking a break is also a must!

  • Explore, and get a new hobby!

    Well, you are a writer at heart but it doesn’t also mean that you could not have other hobbies aside from writing. So, after your writing session, it is also time to explore and get a new hobby! It could be sports, painting, working out, or other activities that you find enjoyable. This will help you to reduce your stress, to stretch, and to distract yourself for a while from the stress of thinking and scribbling.

    Having a new hobby is like reviving your worn soul from burnout.

    • Take a pause, and sleep more
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      Sleeping is good for the soul.

      To have a beautiful rest, the key to that is also planning your day and scheduling your writing session. As you do so, you’ll be able to jump to your bed most probably so early for the pause, rest, and sleep you much-needed.

      FYI, Sleeping is an effective tool for a clearer morning. So, let’s get enough sleep! What can you get from it? Focus, and a clearer mind, and you’ll get to function more productively.

      Reminder!

      Lastly, just keep in mind that it is also okay to slow down amid the pressure of meeting the demands ahead of us. It is fine to take a pause to breathe, to think, to reconnect with ourselves, especially if things are overwhelming in this fast-paced society and social obligations. Remember, we can always bounce back once we are okay because sometimes, we just have to take a rest that we owe to ourselves.

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    AnnJellica Marasigan

    A Senior Journalism student who has a great passion for story-telling and self-discoveries.

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