10 Weeks and All I Want shortly - and SHORTLY is your hint on those two...)
I've had a lot of people ask me about burnout.
I'm terrified of it.
I write fast. I get obsessive. I bury myself in projects. There is a point in the first draft of every project where I hate it and feel like I'm a hack of a writer. (more than once)
There are several points in the editing process where I want to ditch the whole thing.
Last night I wanted to pull Falling because I was in serious hate with the blurb (my husband wrote it by the way - I just tweaked, so check it out on GOODREADS and know that my blurb was written by Mike Perry JD ADA (juris doctorate - assistant district attorney, lol)
But I don't stop.
I take breaks.
I make it totally fine to step away.
Writing needs to be fun, and when it's not, I really do get away from it for a bit.
What's funny, is that by allowing myself this simple thing, I step away for a day or maybe a few, and I'm anxious to get back.
I also have a backup plan. If I get to the point where I'm not writing anymore, I know how I'll stay in the literary world, so it takes the pressure off. Totally.
I really believe (for me) that when there's pressure to do something I HAVE to do, it makes it more difficult to keep doing whatever that thing is, and to keep loving it. I never want to feel like writing is something I have to do.
When I tell myself - "you can if you want, but whatever." My passion continues to push forward.
So. yes. I'm terrified of burnout, but I don't think it'll happen. At least not for a while...
Where are you on the burnout scale, or should I not ask?
Is it something you worry about?
This post was actually prompted by author Sara Zarr saying on her blog that she's not really working on anything and doesn't have plans to. This makes me a little sad panda.