Friday, August 30
Should You Diversify Your Writing to Avoid Burnout?
For the last several months I've been working on my writing book, and I've noticed something interesting. After spending hours every day writing about writing, it's extremely hard to write a blog post about writing. That's one reason I've had more guest authors and updated posts from the archives the last month.
My brain is stuffed full of writing and the last thing I want to do is more writing about writing. I've been wanting to write fiction just for the break. Which is really weird since when I'm deep in a novel draft I write blog posts to take a break. So I guess whatever I immerse myself in is what I tire of.
It made me wonder if I was alone or if this is a side effect of creativity.
I've also noticed that while I'm not writing fiction, it's harder to think up topics for the blog. Most of my post have come from me seeing something in how I write. No fiction = no topics to blog about. Ideas have gotten harder, not easier, though my focus is all writing all the time right now.
There are a lot of pros and cons about authors blogging, or writing in different genres or for different markets. The last several months have made it very clear to me that writing exclusively in one area is a fast track to burn out.
I got more done when I wrote in different formats and about different topics. I had more creativity and was more excited about writing in general. Ideas flowed freely and there always something I wanted to write about.
Right now? Not so much. I crave the variety, even though I know I need to buckle down a little longer and get this book done.
Of course, there's also the downside of engaging in a lot of projects. When I tried to do too many things I never got anything done, so there's certainly a line where it goes from beneficial variety to too much to handle. Having been on both sides now, I think it'll be easier for me to see where that line is and understand how to make the most of my writing overall.
I'm almost done with my writing book, and I'm looking forward to getting back to fiction, and finding that balance in my writing.
What do you think? Is diversifying your writing a good thing or something to avoid?