Writers Burnout

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 2nd Jul 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Writing is a tricky business exhaustion and burnout can creep up on you before you know it.

Writers burnout

We writers all can relate to burnout but people that do not write for a living or for enjoyment do not realize that we can experience burnout. They believe that burnout can only be for people who work outside their homes.

My family doesn't recognize that writing is a job whether at home or outside. My family (the older generation) are laborers. They only consider physical work as work. To them writing or office jobs of any sort are a piece of cake.

What work is to anyone can be relative but too much work can cause burnout.

Who gets burnout

Anyone can experience burnout from a doctor to a volunteer worker and even a housewife. Burnout comes from doing too much or doing it too long.

I love to write; it is part of me. But even as much as I love it I can burnout. Years ago I was a ghost writer for several companies. I needed the money badly even more so than I do today and I worked myself to the bone. I was able to write five 2,000 word articles a day. Today I cannot do even half of that and that is due to the fact that I burned out.

However, today to avoid burnout I work differently as well. I don’t take jobs that require many articles to be written in a short period of time. I choose the work based on what I feel I can handle. I am much happier now and I don’t tire as easily. I never want to go through another burnout.

I did not respect my limitations

So here is a list of reasons I burnout out.

I took everything that was available, I did not respect my own limitations.

I worked seven days a week just cramming in new work even when I had already committed for the same time frame with other work.

I never took a break. I refused social outings and so on just to write.

I listened to my boss at the time who kept telling me she needed me to take on the extra work.

I became obsessed with writing.

The most important reason for my burnout was that I did not listen to signs my body was telling me. I pushed myself harder and harder until I could no longer function anymore.

I will never let that happen to me again.

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Kingwell
2nd Jul 2015 (#)

We all experience burnout. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
3rd Jul 2015 (#)

Burnout is a funny term really, I thought only hoons did those on the road, in their fast cars....LOL....

Actually, I have felt this too.

I just feel all written out sometimes, like I do not want to write another word.

I have no more to write, or so I think at these times.

Thanks for sharing this Carol.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
3rd Jul 2015 (#)

Seeing your prolific spree here got me thinking too if you had burnout once in a while. Nice to read your deep thoughts about it via this very good article

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Jul 2015 (#)

Balance is the key, taking breaks from what we do most times. One should never get carried away - siva

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
5th Jul 2015 (#)

That's an excellent phrase, Carol, "respect one's limitations."

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