4 Effective Phases Of An Author’s Vacation

I Burnt Myself Out And Got Tired of Writing

              I am back from taking a break from writing: in fact, I went on a vacation from creative writing. And am back to writing stronger than when I left. My writing quality started to decrease. I wasn’t producing writing at the level I started. I began focusing more on getting the writing done than actually telling a story, that’ll inspire others.

              I had the discipline, motivation, and projects to work on but not the quality and complete intention. That was mostly because I burnt myself out. I may have taken writing too seriously; I was working on multiple stories a day, I also was doing research for them in addition to developing them.

             Every day I was really working hard on my stories with no days off. If I wasn’t re-reading my stories,  working on my stories, or watching Ted Talks about storytelling, I was thinking about my stories and ways to make them better.

             Then slowly but surely I came to a point where it felt like I was trying to squeeze juice out of a dry lemon. My writing quality decreased and it felt like I was more interested in getting more words on the page than actually developing the story and producing high-quality writing that’ll inspire my readers. I may have even lost a little bit of contact with my purpose for writing.

              At first, I thought I might be struggling with writer’s block and so I tried and tried and tried and tried. But the more I tried, the more frustrated I got and the less interested I got in my stories.

               I soon realized that I was burnt out. So I took a vacation and it was the best thing I have done to further my writing so far.

On That Vacation…

So here is a really quick road map of how I planned and spent my vacation away from my stories.

Phase 1: Detox

  • Stop developing my stories & try to forget that I am a writer
  • Do anything but writing
  • Stay away from everything literary
  • Have some fun and go outdoors…get some sun
  • Do nothing sometimes

Phase 2: Inspiration

  • Watch inspirational movies
  • Read a good book out of my comfort genre
  • Don’t even look at my work
  • Keep Doing Nothing

Phase 3: Recalibration

Phase 4: Last Chance To Relax

  • Try to do as much as nothing as I can  as my vacation is ending 
  • Be patient with my motivation
  • Write down any ideas related to my writing as possible
  • Get back to writing when it feels right
  • Begin to free-write randomly

The Effect

              This whole process took about a month. And I actually loved it. It was initially painful to separate from my writing but after I settled down into relaxation it was hard to separate from that too.

              Coming back to writing this time around, I am more excited to write and have more of an idea of what I want to write. It is also easier for me to write and get my ideas down on paper. 

Lessons Learned

  1. There may be such a thing as writing too much
  2. Pace myself when writing
  3. Reminding self why I write from time to time may help keep me on track
  4. Try to focus on less writing pieces at a time 
  5. I am not only a writer
  6. Having writing discipline includes taking purposeful breaks
  7. Writer vacations are awesome

Until my next words (on here that is)

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