Mental Health Monday–Burn Out

In this fast paced world, juggling multiple tasks is not only commonplace, it’s the norm. And it seems things keep on getting faster.

I often wonder:

How much can I handle before I have a system meltdown and my brain stops functioning entirely?

There have been times where I’ve gotten close. The solution was to take a break, give my brain downtime, and refuel by reading or engaging in some other non-writerly, but equally stimulating activity.

Now that deadlines have been thrown into the mix, having a hiatus is not an option.

What’s a girl to do?

No, really, I’m asking, WHAT’S A GIRL TO DO?

I have dome ideas:

  • Handle one thing at a time, one day at a time.
  • Instead of focusing on how much is left to do, focus on how much has been accomplished.
  • Resist the urge to burn the midnight oil and get adequate sleep. (Really, I’ve NEVER been one to pull all nighters…that will ensure my brain failing.)
  • Eat healthy and get some exercise.
  • Take mini-breaks.
  • Listen to invigorating music.
  • Make writing an adventure–remember that enthusiasm that got you writing in the first place and draw on that for inspiration and motivation.

What other tips can you think of to battle burn out?

Writer Wednesday–Talking Heads Is More Than A Band

I love my editor. LOVE. Her. She catches everything and makes me tow the line.

One of the issues I worked on this round was on “talking heads.” I’m using the term loosely because my characters do move and have internal thoughts, but they don’t necessarily interact with their world in early drafts.

While editing, I focused on identifying places where my characters could move about their world and (as my editor suggested) I layered in WORLD BUILDING while doing it.

For example, the main character in SHIFTING PRIDE, my YA paranormal romance shapeshifter novel, is a werecat. She also has a lead role in the Drama Club play. So, I had her interact with a Cats poster in her room.

How do you handle “talking heads” in your manuscripts?

(Non) Writer Wednesday

I’ve been seeing some Tweets lately of writers who have lost the mojo or motivation to write. Not that this is a new thing. It isn’t.

I mean, really, it’s impossible to churn out words and develop new ideas ALL THE TIME, right? Right.

So, is it okay to take time off?

Yes!

And if so, do you still consider yourself a writer?

Of course!

How do you fill your non-writerly time?

See below 😉

 

When a Shiny New Idea strikes, I often obsessively work out characters, settings, plot twists, etc. I jot down notes, daydream about scenes, and often have wicked insomnia as I toss around dialogue in my head.

Cool.

Now, when Shiny New Idea becomes First Draft Manuscript (which occurs the moment I type THE END), I breathe a sigh of relief…

…and stare around the room like I have absolutely no idea what to do with myself.

And I consider the following…

Non-writerly Writer Activities:

  • Read
  • READ SOME MORE
  • Catch up on blog reading
  • Beta read/Critique
  • Spend time with friends/family
  • Shop
  • Outline Next Shiny New Idea
  • Revise old manuscript
  • Write something completely different, like a short story or flash fiction piece or poetry

What do youse guys do when you’re not writing?

Check out Lydia’s response to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog topic of “writerly edumacation!”