Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today after a week of hard work and writing. The weather has turned colder and I’m putting off my outdoor run by writing this post. I’m hoping if I wait a little longer, it will warm up a little more. I think I’m hoping in vain, though.
But enough about that. Today, I’d like to talk about creative cycles. Sometimes, we get a little burned out with our writing and we need to switch gears to get our creative juices flowing again. What I’m talking about is ways to avoid full-blown burnout because none of us wants to lose that creative spark we have. So, below is a list I’ve put together to avoid burnout and have a long fruitful creative life.
I put this one first because it’s one of the most important ways to keep creative juices flowing. Exercise is not only good for your body it’s good for your brain. Whenever, I get stuck in my writing, I go for a walk or a hike through the woods. It gets your blood flowing and gets your mind off your plot hole for a while, and many times I find that taking a step away from my work usually helps me figure out the plot hole.
I’m also talking about regular exercise as well. I think it’s important to have a regular exercise routine especially writers who tend to sit all day working on their manuscripts.
Other Creative Pursuits
It’s great to branch out into other areas of the arts. I’ve started painting with an artist friend. She’s giving me pointers and helping me develop a painting style. I’ve also started taking pictures. I used to love photography when I was younger. My passion is writing, but these other artistic endeavors help me take my creativity to a new level. That can only be good for my writing.
Balance is important because we all have more than one goal. Some of us have families and we want to be good parents, so we must balance our need to be there for our children with our creative endeavors. We have to parcel out our time. For myself I need to write, or I get cranky. So, it’s in my family’s best interest that I make time to write. No one likes a cranky Mom. But I also get cranky if the needs of my family are neglected. So, I’m always working to balance family needs with creative needs.
The last one on my list is creating a Creative Family. This is important because your biological family may be supportive, but they probably don’t understand the blood, sweat, and tears, that go into developing your craft like other creatives do. So, having a creative family is important when you need support or guidance in your endeavors. They keep you from hanging it up when the going gets tough.
So, there you have the four key ingredients to help fight burn-out. How about you, how do you keep your creative juices flowing? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!
15 thoughts on “Avoiding Burnout”
Aside from the writing, we have a small antiques business and I love refinishing or repurposing things for it!
Good for you! I’m glad to hear you have other creative endeavors. They really help with burn out. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! I appreciate it!
It’s nice to know you’re one of the members of my creative family, Lisa! High fives, girlfriend!
I feel the same way about you, Sharon! High fives right back at you! I hope things went well at your book signing today!
More of a craft show, though I did do a signing, Lisa. It went well considering the weather. Hugs and thanks for asking 😊
I believe in inner balance. I start the mornings with Thai Chi, I love to workout (if my joints let me) and I am creative -whenever I can be. Great post.
I’ve never tried Thai Chi. I’m putting that on my bucket list for one of the things I need to try. I love to work out, too. I’ve been running a lot lately and I always feel so much better when I’m done. I’m sure you do too. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us! I appreciate it!
These are excellent tips, Lisa!
Thanks, Lydia! I appreciate you stopping by and sharing your thoughts! ❤
Each to his own, do what works for you, Lisa. I prefer nature in any form-walks, treks, cycle…
Yes! I’m a huge fan of hiking in the woods. It really relaxes me. From your photos, I can see where hiking in your country would be just as beautiful. 🙂
It is, a bit more rustic in comparison to places you have in the US
I bet I’d still like it!
I’m sure you will