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Recovery

The past couple of Decembers have been the same for me in that I usually take them to do less writing than I did in November. After writing 50k+ words in a single month, even if I’m in love with the piece, I need a break.

Whether it’s hours on a game or watching movies, shows, and doing something mindless, or maybe reading, I indulge all sorts of different stimuli. Though I still manage to write– trying to keep up daily– it dwindles in quantity by a bit to accommodate my tiredness. Whatever it takes to recoup.

Which, after looking at it that way, sounds a lot like burnout. And that is a dangerous, awful little devil thing, but it happens, and sometimes it’s hard to avoid.

Setting my hands down is a hard thing to do. Keeping myself from running because I’ve pushed too hard a few days in a row is also very difficult, but they are the same in essence: recovery. You need to pause and rebuild to be able to go again.

Another thing is being able to write other stuff, which, NaNoWriMo, unless you decide to do more than one 50k novel a piece, then you’re stuck for 30 days with an idea, no matter how much you like it. That on its own can be a huge drain. Not having the pure freedom to move around and do something else feels like a lock, even if, like I said, you really enjoy the topic: sometimes you just have to let your mind wander elsewhere.

Days of frustration and restlessness and calamity and loud and blocked off can also be lumped in the category of things to recover from, though, from my experience, those take much less time. Bad days can still have an effect, and sometimes you just need to keep from pushing.

If you ask me, however, getting over writer’s block can be as simple as filling your head with new stimuli or as difficult as trying to figure out how to keep from feeling like writing is a huge chore. I have absolutely had friends who spent months not writing because they couldn’t get over their block, and part of me still wonders if they were even trying.

Some of these options require work, and some don’t. It depends on what ails you, really. It also depends on what you want to do.

I know I will never be part of the group that simply waits out the block instead of doing something about it, though, and I am very okay with that. As long as I get time to kick back when I don’t have to be in a frenzy.

-The Novice Wordsmith

Mish Mash: Stop and Pause

What an awful week for writing. Now that that’s over, I can get into a better swing of things.

I’ve had so many ideas of what to write this past week and I haven’t had the ability to write a long, coherent post most days that I’ve struggled through. The character post I made about each character having a trait of your own was something I wanted to do more work on, but it’s out and in the open now and it’s good enough.

I guess I shouldn’t say it’s just ‘good enough,’ but I’ve always been my worst critic and it has been pretty difficult at times.

I imagine for most it’s hard not to be. You push yourself harder because you think that you’re capable of more, you know that you can do better, so you don’t stop. Eventually, you either burn out, or you end up on top. When you burn out, it becomes more difficult to accept defeat, but you have to stop and think about what you’ve been doing. Look back at yourself, be introspective and let yourself learn.

Sometimes, you just need a break, which I think I might’ve said more than once this week. Like running, it can be difficult to tell when you need to. You want to stop and recover but you also just want to keep writing, keep running.

Having a fear of failure makes it worse.  When you’re too afraid to stop and allow yourself a break because it’ll just lend to you taking more and more time off. One thing leads to another, but if you’re in that boat, stop. Think about it. You’re not allowing yourself to be lazy, you’re allowing yourself the necessity of pause for recovery, to breathe. When you can think and see clearly, writing becomes much easier.

This week has been a learning process as well as a recovering one. Here’s hoping the next week will be better to tackle.

-The Novice Wordsmith