I’m passionate about what I write and from the moment I sit at my computer I receive a boost of energy. When I really get into my character’s real problems it leaves me exhausted. I feel their pain and welcome their joy but with each obstacle that they face I am right there with them, overcoming the hurt. I suppose, I can accept full blame for this because they are my imaginary people all to quickly my characters become real, living breathing people with devastating problems, as most of my adult novels are structured around social issues.

Writing also energizes and enriches me with broader knowledge of the subjects, deepening my life. One quarter of my time is spend on writing and the other three-quarters is spent on research. I am always researching something – often drifting far from the subject at hand.

If the words don’t come together and I find myself stuck, I can feel exhausted.

Balancing my writing:

More recently I have begun writing youth novels, as #ProfessorScry, and it is like a breath of fresh air. I think I have found the solution and now alternate: one adult fiction then one youth novel. It keeps the momentum and protects my sanity.

Unfortunately, there is no magic remedy that will ease feeling exhausted when writing; however, there are a few ways you can reduce its impact over time.

  1. Break up your writing – Even though it’s tempting to keep writing while you’re on a roll, taking a break is healthy. Sitting in front of a computer is physically detrimental to your health. Every 20 minutes or so, give yourself several minutes to readjust.
  2. Change your location – If you write in the same place every day, you may just need a change of scenery. Try standing up, go outside, or do your work in a coffee shop.
  3. Complete a guided meditation – Sometimes, clearing your mind and being present in the moment will give you enough of a rest to start writing again or the confidence to put it off for another time.
  4. Honor your body – It is time to stop writing if you have aches, your brain feels tired, and you are reacting emotionally to your writing. Everybody works differently.
  5. Communicate – When writers spend several hours in their heads, ideas become muddled and stop making sense.
  6. Exercise – Exercise is good for your mind and body. Physical exertion increases blood flow and circulation. Your thoughts become clearer and restlessness settles with exercise.
  7. Grab some caffeine – Enjoy a cup of coffee on a deck or out in the yard. The caffeine – and the break – may provide you with clarity. Limit your use of caffeine when you’re feeling fatigued or you could develop an unhealthy dependency.

Listen to your body and your mind and address fatigue when it strikes. If you do, you will be able to keep up your writing pace in a balanced and sustainable way.

“Linda has published sixteen books. She blogs about the publishing world, posts useful tips on the challenges a writer faces, including marketing and promoting your work, how to build your online platform, how to get reviews and how to self-publish. She has mentored many authors and edited their work.” 

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