Burn Out and Recovery for #ROW80 2014, First Quarter by Dawn Montgomery

I can’t tell you how much I can see myself in this, but it’s a lot. I want to share this with you guys. I also want to put this here for me, for another day when maybe I need to remind myself of this.

A Round of Words in 80 Days

Fifteen months, two weeks, and three days.

That was my longest consecutive burnout period. Creatively and with my everyday work load (I was in the military. Lots of deployment, work pressure, highly technical and competitive field, battle stress, and writing pressure on top of it all). During that time, I started many things and finished nothing. I floundered in confidence and my publishers increased pressure (I had no firm deadlines, but I had a solid readership).

Emails came in from readers asking if I would work on a series or create a follow-up to this or that couple. My family didn’t get it. Writing income slumped and it wasn’t like I wasn’t working. I was crying at the computer. Hands on the keyboard. Typing all the mess they tell you to in order to “get the muse working”. Nothing helped. Why couldn’t I speed write like mad and “get over”…

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About Julie

I'm a writer and photographer. I always have something with me to take notes for ideas or writing projects I'm thinking about or have on the go. I also like to go around with my camera and take pictures of anything that strikes me as beautiful or evocative. I'm perpetually working on one story or another, while waiting for enough distance to judge the last one (or more). I'm always working on several projects at once, developing the next book, even as I'm editing the last. Beyond that, there's always plenty of scraps and twists of ideas rolling around in my head, eventually turning themselves into full blown stories.
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3 Responses to Burn Out and Recovery for #ROW80 2014, First Quarter by Dawn Montgomery

  1. Morgen Rich says:

    She’s got some sound advice, imho. What a helpful reminder that stepping away is sometimes the best thing one can do to recharge the passion that makes writing joyful. Thanks for sharing, both of you!

    • Julie says:

      Definitely. I’m very guilty of doing pretty much all of this to myself and I’m still recovering from it. I will be coming back to this one for a reminder. Might even print it out and put it up on the wall next to my desk, in case I forget.

  2. Yes and yes. Thanks for linking this Julie! 🙂

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