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Writer’s Burn


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I’ve talked about writer’s block on my blog, and it is a common discussion among writers…but what about writer’s burn?

I don’t know there if there is such a term for writers, but I define writer’s burn as a time when you are flowing (another writer’s term I was taught) and having all kinds of creativity, but your mind is starting to feel burned out.  Usually when I am creating I have a lot of mental energy, but when my physical energy doesn’t match the mental, then there is a short, a hiccup in my process.

People often say they are burned out, and I tend to think they’re referring to their physical energy.  Well, when I say writer’s burn, I’m referring to their mental creative capacity or its decrease of it.

I wonder what a person could do if afflicted by writer’s burn?  Slow down and stop writing so much?  That is hard for me to do, because I write compulsively.  There are too many ideas in my head not to do something with them all.

Let’s get a discussion going – did you ever have writer’s burn, and/or how do you define it?  Any suggestions on what I can do?



Author: Debb Stanton

I am an optimistic, positive person who is a seven year cancer survivor. Since that time I have learned that getting a cancer diagnosis does not always mean an automatic death sentence. I like to share my hope with others and continue to encourage them - no matter who they are or what they need encouragement for. I write poems, prayers, articles, and stories. Recently the premiere issue of my online magazine, launched. Thank you for visiting!

2 thoughts on “Writer’s Burn

  1. Generally in life now I don’t have the physical energy to carry out half the things I want to do or that I would have done in a typical day 30 years ago.

    As far as writing goes I’ve learned to walk away while the flow is flowing but the body is fatiguing. Generally I find it’s easier to get in the zone when I pick it up again if I stop with more to give. I get back to it more quickly because the body recovers after a short rest. When I’d push to the end, to drain the last drop I’d be in a physical flare and a writer’s conundrum of “okay I’m here I want to go there how do I get there?” So I leave the pump primed so to speak.

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