It’s Better to Burn Out Than to Fade Away

Unless you’re a writer.

I have to apologise for my absence recently. I wish I had a good reason for it like I was off fighting bears to rescue some helpless villagers but the truth is that I’ve been having a hard time writing the past few weeks. There are a few potential reasons for this including some personal stresses and an upcoming holiday but I think the main reason may be a little bit of burnout. You know, in case you didn’t already guess that from the title I ripped of from the Kurgan.

You see, I have been working hard on my Twyned Earth series pretty much solid for a full year now. In that time I feel like I’ve had some great achievements – such as finishing my first two novels (second draft finished, not PROPER finished). Now I’m trying to soldier through the third and I keep running into plot issues and having to rewrite the beginning before I can move on further. I think these set backs coupled with the length of time I’ve been working on this one project have frazzled my brain a little. Though, as they say, admitting you have a problem is half the battle. Now I know that the best way to finish this series is to just put it the hell down and leave it alone until I am no longer burnt out on it.

But how does a writer get over a burnout? Simples. Write something different! So I have.

Now, I have my serial killers story which has been progressing along slowly. Some of you may recall this post in which I talked about completely hand writing writing a story while out and about, and I have been doing this, but the interesting weather this year has only given me small windows to do so. Still, I’m squeezing in sections here and there, just enough to make sure it doesn’t become a shelved project. That would be sad because I really like this story so far but I didn’t want to go back on the challenge that I had set, so I still needed a new project.

Enter – an idea!

This new story actually formed in my head pretty rapidly. One of the things that has made it take off so well in my mind is the advent of new characters. All of the major characters in my main project were thought up this time last year and the same goes for the serial killers. I think I’d forgotten a little what it was like to have fresh new voices running around in my head. I’ll tell you what – it’s hella inspiring. They seem to be writing this one themselves. You can expect to hear more about this new story in the near future. For now, if you’re curious for what is currently an awkwardly generic synopsis, you can check out “Desolate” in the Other Projects tab.

So, Twyned Earth. I’m sorry, it’s not you, it’s me. I think we just need a break. I’ll be back. I always come back.

One response to “It’s Better to Burn Out Than to Fade Away

  1. I totally agree with this post. It IS pretty easy to get tired of one project you’ve been working on for a long time. So I have regularly scheduled breaks! Throughout the year, I work on my Star Daughter series, but each November I take a break from it and do a NaNoWriMo project on something outside the series, and most often entirely outside the SD universe. It’s refreshing to take a break, and then I always come right back in December. 🙂

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