May #IWSG – Fatigue

I have a vision. A book that won’t leave my mind. I finally have what I feel is a workable plan to get it out there.

I also have work. I teach during the day, and I often add extra hours to pay the bills.

If I don’t take on enough teaching, I don’t make enough money to pay bills. If I try to stay up all night writing, I can’t teach very well the next day. My wife and kids also need me to be wakeful and alert.

But I don’t have any other time!

I was looking at this link about Writer’s Fatigue, and I’ve been trying all of those steps. I’ve experimented outside my comfort zone, and I’m exercising and reading, a lot.

And because of this extra reading and exercising, I have almost no time left to write.

When I have a 5 minute break, I don’t want to spend it writing. I feel I’ve earned the 5 minutes, dammit! I shouldn’t have to work every second, my brain tells me.

I know there’s a way. I know that I’ll pretty much have to stay up all night long, at least 2 nights of the week – no matter how ridiculously tired and irritable that leaves me.

Anyway, there’s my little despair today.

I’ll have to find some way of managing my time.

Repost from IWSG, 2015-05-04 by Lynda R Young:

There are many reasons a person can experience writer’s fatigue. It’s that feeling of being spent, used up, and drained of creativity. It can happen after any intensive session of writing, editing, battling deadlines, and even taking part in online challenges like the April A-Z Challenge. While we gain a lot from all these activities, they can also wear us out. If this has happened to you, then below are my suggestions on how to refill that creative well.

1. Take a short break and stop trying to “be the writer.” Be something else for a while. Turn off the computer and experience some life. There is no better well-filler than life. Even mundane life. We get our ideas and creativity from those unexpected places, the bland, the interesting, the unusual places that life has to offer.

2. Read a good book. Not a book you have to read because you agreed to write a review. Not a book you promised to read because it was written by a friend. Just a book you enjoy. One that brings with it little to no pressure. No matter the subject matter or genre, good books inspire.

3. Write something new. Step out of your comfort zone and try writing within a different genre than you would normally. Try non-fiction. Flash fiction. Explore a different topic.

4. Learn something new. Feeding the brain with new and interesting information or different approaches to an old method, can open the mind to new possibilities, new ideas, and new avenues of creativity.

5. Get physical. Exercise gets the blood pumping and pushes those cobwebs away to make room for new, energized thoughts and creations.

Read the rest.

Photo: sleeping writer by cactusowa on DeviantArt.





2 comments on “May #IWSG – Fatigue

  1. dksalerni says:

    When I was working full time — as well as being a wife and a parent — I started by carving out one writing block per week. For me it was Monday evening, from 7:30 – 9:00 (after which I participated in a 9pm chat with other writers). My family respected this time, and after saving up my ideas for a whole week, I usually got a lot done in that 90 minute block.

  2. In a perfect life there would be no outside interferences. We would spin our tales short or long and never get tired. Sadly, no one’s life is perfect and none of us have unlimited time to spend doing what we love the most. All we can do is our best with what we have.

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