Losing inspiration

To be honest, I don’t have any great inspiration to share today and my inspiration has been limited for a few weeks, which is why you haven’t heard from me much lately. I think I know the reason: burn out. I’m tired. My early morning writing sessions are wonderful, and I hate not having them, but I don’t really want to go bed at 9 and when I go for a few weeks with constant 5am to 6am wake up times, it starts to take a toll after awhile.

I think the other reason I’m feeling burned out is because I’ve been trying to keep up with two projects. With everything to do with my day-job taking up most of my brain, the rest is getting squeezed a bit too much with the reworking of my first novel and the first draft of my second. I’ve been pleased with my progress, but I’m going to take a break this week. I’m going to cut back to just one project again.

This weekend I folded chapter 22 of my first novel into chapter 23, which proved challenging I think mostly because my brain was too tired to think much so I moved paragraphs around probably fifteen times to get the right flow. Then this morning I reworked chapters 24 and 25, which didn’t need much work, although I did find a much better chapter break.

I’ve got seven chapters left in my first novel to revise, so I’m going to stick with them until they’re done then go back to the new novel. My brain needs a rest from all this multi-tasking.

Oh, there’s also this picture book I’ve been revising in my critique group and the next meeting is a week from today. I guess I’m down to two projects.

What are you working on?

Write On!


6 Responses

  1. Working on getting through my daily, sometimes more than daily blogging along with all of the other
    business tasks to be tended to. Not complaining, it keeps me on my toes.

  2. Great job, SL. That’s inspiration for me.

  3. keidalgrim says:

    I feel for you. I think it’s something in the air, or in the time of year. Something…

    I have hit a wall lately, so uninspired, so blah — I hate it. Not so unusual for anyone, yet we writers seem to be hit hardest.

    Drag yourself through it.

  4. Yeah, it’s tough on us writers when it happens, Keidalgrim, but the trick is to not allow it to last long. Thanks for your comment

  5. Casey says:

    I’m at that wall too, I think. I’ve just started my umpteenth rewrite plan. Really hoping this one will hold up.

    We can do it!

  6. Absolutely, we can! Thanks, Casey.

    I actually think that rewriting is so much harder than writing the first draft, but I’ll post about that in a few days. My thoughts are brewing…

What do you think?