Honestly I am very bad about recognising when creative burnout is looming upon me – or even when I’ve full on driven myself into it. When I have trouble creating, often my first impulse is to focus harder, to try and figure it out, start a new project or bounce to another one in progress. . .
Anything but ‘recognise there might be a reason for this and take a break’, really.
That tends to mean I don’t recognise I’m getting burnt out until I’m fully ensnared in frustrating, exhausting, tear-worthy inability to dredge out words. I mean, layering yet more pressure on top of already failing motivation doesn’t help? Whaaa?
Honestly, a lot of my issues (and there are many) aren’t so much of my lack of creative energy, but rather my lack of focus. And a lack of motivation to actually be productive and finish something instead of just jumping to the next shiny idea I find myself enamored by.
But I do sometimes find myself well and truly drained. This usually happens right after I finish a very large creative project. And, uh, since that happens rarely (both the being drained and the *cough* finishing something), I’m pretty much at a loss as how to fix it. So honestly, I’m reading this series of posts right along there with all of you.
That being said, I have found two ways that work pretty well for me. Your mileage may vary, etc etc, but if you’re finding that you’re scraping at the bottom of the barrel for any sort of creative juice, try this out. Continue reading
Like most of the other Ferrets, 2017 was a hell of a year for me. 2016 ended in true end-of-season sweeps week cliffhanger fashion, with my roommate (Ferret Jessica) getting pregnant and she, her husband, and I standing around the pregnancy tests she’d taken going “…well damn.”
Thus, 2017 went something like this:
Every creative person hits that infamous wall at some point – where your brain is drained and you find that no matter how hard you try you just can’t create. Sometimes you even lose the desire to create. So what’s a writer to do then? Continue reading
Welcome to our next series! Did you miss us?
When we sat down to our business meeting last month we all decided this was probably a good series for kicking off 2018. After all, we’re about done recuperating from NaNoWriMo, the Christmas holidays, and the winter doldrums, and it’s time to get back in the flow of things.
So how do you refill that creative well when you’re getting burned out? We all hit burnout, whether it’s thanks to life obstacles or overwork. No matter who you are or what you do in life you can hit burnout, but creatives seem to hit this especially hard.
Stay tuned! Next week we’ll start revealing our own strategies and we hope you’ll join in on the conversation and tell us yours.
When you’re a writer, it’s easy to be inundated with advice. Most of it is well-meant, and much of it works for many people. Some of it, though, can come with a somewhat… demeaning edge.
You aren’t really a writer if you don’t write every day.
That’s probably the one I’ve struggled with the most.
But… that’s ridiculous. Because that’s like saying a doctor isn’t a doctor unless he sees patients every day. Yeah, right.
Yes, that’s right, it’s time for another series from the RRFS! (Please note, we created the lovely banner with the picture Lazy Limbs by Michael via Flickr’s Creative Commons with the CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license. The image was slightly resized, and our text added. No other changes made.)
Do you ever feel like, no matter what you do, you can’t find creative balance? There’s always chores to be done, meals to be cooked (and, most importantly, eaten!), people to see, places to go… How does one do it all?
Well, sometimes you just don’t. And we Ferrets have, appropriately, not even started on this particular series yet (I’m writing this the evening of April 25th, and it will go live on April 26th). We usually have a series mostly written and pre-scheduled at least a couple of weeks before the introduction goes live. Oh well!
The fact is – sometimes you can’t do it all. But you don’t have to lose your creative balance just because you’re overwhelmed, but it’s okay if you falter a little.
So every Tuesday in May, we will take turns discussing how we deal with being creatively off-balance. Stay tuned!
Is your creative life on- or off-balance currently? If you could change one thing about your creative struggles right now, what would it be?
I was supposed to have a Ferret post up, well… last Tuesday. Last Tuesday came and went, and Friday arrived, and I looked at my blog calendar and went, “Oh. Oops.”
I had originally planned to do a post on… something else. Probably worldbuilding. But I kept hitting a stumbling block. And then I decided to write about my stumbling block, and realized it fit quite well with ‘The Middle Years’ series we’d just finished up, so… bonus post!
Warning: this post is very long. But I suspect there’s a lot of people out there, besides me, who need it.
It’s been two and a half years since I had a consistent writing habit. Usually, I go weeks at a time without picking up a piece of fiction I’m working on. Continue reading
Step One: Watch as all your November plans blow up in your face.
Step Two: Try to catch the shrapnel.
Step Three: Take far too much time with Step Two.
Step Four: Realize that as you were completing Step Two, your novel was not writing itself.
Step Five: Step on shrapnel, realize that you can’t NOT finish Step Two, and continue working on novel between bits of shrapnel.
Step Six: Realize that it is the final week of NaNoWriMo, and you still have 25,000 words to write.
Step Seven: Panic.
Step Eight: Lose several days to panic, but still somehow get 11k written.
Step Nine: Realize that it is the last day of NaNo, and you still need 14k.
Step Ten: Despite the closed kitchen at your favorite coffeehouse, pound out 14k words in no less than 11 hours, with 20 minutes to spare before midnight.
Step Eleven: Resolve never to do that again.
The above that you just read is based on my NaNoWriMo experience this past year. If you’d like to read the non-summarized version of events (which were slightly less hilarious at the time), you can find it here.
We The Ferrets…
Would like to issue a sincere apology that the blog died after the A-Z Challenge last year. We all hit some severe burnout, and then Real Life took over for many of us – it was a crazy, stressful, wonderful year, but blogging fell to the wayside for many of us, and not just on the Ferret blogs. Our personal blogs often suffered as well.
So that said, our blog is alive again. We have some awesome stuff planned for the next few months (and most likely not the A-Z Challenge this year), but our posts are going to be a bit more spread out. Instead of a minimum of one post a week, we’re aiming for 2-3 per month.
Thank you all for sticking around! See you soon!