Burn Out: A Writer Needs Passion and Motivation.
I was listening to a radio interview with recording artist, Iggy Azalea, and something she said rang very true for me. She said between albums and between tours she thinks it’s very important to be normal; have a life; have relationships. At the very least, it will give you something to write about for the next album. If you’re always working, what’s the next hit going to be, Fiscal Year?
After a hearty chuckle, I realized song writers and authors have something in common: burn out avoidance. In both professions the fear of plateauing is great. You always want to one-up yourself and have every piece be a masterpiece. “Mediocre”, “adequate” and “okay” are words you never want applied to or associated with your work. You want it to be new, exciting and representative of who you are or what you stand for.
Hand-in-hand with writer’s block, comes the fear of burning out – just not being into it anymore. If you’re constantly writing, where are you getting your inspiration? Your new ideas? Your fresh perspectives? What life experiences are you drawing from if you’re always in front of a laptop?
When you stop caring is when you start worrying. A writer needs passion and motivation. Something inside you is yearning to tell the story; to put words to actions; to record history. Rut prevention is key! If you’re bored writing, your reader will be bored reading. And I think the best way to combat stale thoughts and apathy is to mix things up. Don’t allow yourself to get to this point. A writer is a spirited observer, watchdog and commentator, so take a break from the computer and go out amongst the living to observe and watch. When something fires you up, report back to the keyboard and you’ll actually have something to commentate on. Even if you’re writing a morbid introspective, you need to know the yin to write the yang. Writing is always more interesting when the writer understands the counterpoints and appreciates the opposing emotions.
Mingle with friends, go away for the weekend, sit in on a town meeting or take a cooking class. It doesn’t matter what you do. It just matters that you do something. When you break up monotony, sparks fly and then you can Write On…