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Are You Burned Out?

It’s almost two weeks in. Are you burned out yet? If not, you will probably feel that way at some point during the month. Accept it and go on. It’s only a month. You can take a break at the end.

I have dealt with burn out quite often in my writing. Sometimes, taking a day or two off helps tremendously. It is important to remember that you can get through it. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

Have your characters gotten so upset with you that they have quit talking to you? Does it seem like they have deserted you completely? Have a talk with them. Tell them you are not going to accept their attitude. You are in charge and they are not. Let them know you are not giving in to them. Cuss them out, if you want.

Perhaps it isn’t that they have quit talking to you. Perhaps you simply don’t really know who they are, what they like, what their dreams are. In this case, interviewing them might be your best bet. Ask them pointed questions. If the answers lead to more questions, ask them too. Get to know your characters.

Have you backed your characters into a corner because you just don’t feel like dealing with them? Maybe you didn’t do it on purpose, but it happened anyway. What to do? Where do you go from here?

There are three choices. First, you can go back and rewrite part of what you have already written to get past the problem. Second, you can go on and pretend you didn’t write yourself into a jam, and fix it later. This is what you may have to do if you are participating in NaNo. Remember, that first draft is supposed to be a mess.

The last thing you can do is use that as part of the story, and have the story take an unanticipated turn. You might be surprised at how much you like the new twist, if you choose this solution.

Of course, none of these are easy to do. That’s okay. Writing is not supposed to be easy. At least, good writing isn’t. You can write a bunch of nonsense fairly easily. The idea is not to tell a good story the first time. You might not even tell a good story the second time. It may take three or four times before you get it right, constantly tweeking as you go.

Be sure you take a break between the first and second draft, the second and third, etc. You will get burned out if you don’t.

What works for me may not work for you. We are all different. Don’t be afraid to experiment and see what works best for you. Sometimes, our best ideas come that way.

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