Thursday, 8 March 2012

Dead Tired Writer


Do you ever feel like this? Does the myriad of demands on your time sometimes overwhelm you, sucking the energy and inspiration needed to write? Do you feel like you could never lift a pen or type again? Do you feel dead tired? 

I know I do. At least at the moment, anyway. I have so many things going on in my life right now, I constantly feel like I'm a mile behind. It's an exhausting feeling, worrying about what you haven't achieved. But what do we do about it? How do we lesson those demands on our time and re-charge our energy stores? What gives in order for us to have the energy to write? 

For me, I think the answer is blogging. Write my book or blog. There isn't time for both. But I hate that conclusion. Why can't I have both? And in this time of social media and self-promotion, don't I need both? I am beginning to think I should have written my book first and then started my blog. Only then would I have the time to commit to the blogging world and other forms of social media.

What do you think? What would you be prepared to sacrifice in order to achieve your writing dreams? What have you already sacrificed?

26 comments:

  1. It's a tricky balance. The writing comes first for me. Ideally, 1000 words/day and then I allow myself to do other stuff. Doesn't always work out but that's my aim. The blogging etc. has to wait and be fitted in and around everything else - or skipped for a bit if necessary.

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  2. I just hope that no one finds that portrait in my loft...
    I have just finished, but not finalised a small project so I can return to blogging but I posted a few bits now and then anyway.

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  3. I feel dead tired more often than I'd ever admit, and I expect it is a common experience for the average writer. Even when you're getting some success, the wear and tear on your mind can build up and leave you drained.

    Writing blog posts can be a temporary distraction, though I haven't found that it helps me get back into writing fiction. If anything, it prolongs dry spells, as the part of my brain that creates nonfiction blogs is separate from that which drafts fiction. It all depends on your own creative process, but for me the blogging must be restrained, or I get nothing else written.

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  5. I find every time I add something, something else has to go.

    This is why I won't do blogfests or memes, or read them for that matter.

    A few months ago I had to limit my blogging to two days a week because I had taken on an additional writing project.

    Then I added a Facebook page--that's when Twitter had to go by the wayside.

    I want to do it right, which means I can't do it all.

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  6. Oh yeah... I'm not good at balancing. There isn't enough time to do it all so I make writing my novel my #1 priority.

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  7. Oh I do hope you find a happy equilibrium soon between seriousl writing and blogging.

    I think there's so much stress put on writers to create this platform and social presence I keep hearing about! Yikes! Does it actually work!?!? Who knows!

    I started my blog for my cat(s) and I'm keeping it that way - i.e. fun - no stress, no worries and if I get somewhere with my stories, of course y'all know! LOL! But I know in my heart that the moment my blog's not fun anymore I shall be off!

    Take care and big hugs!
    x

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  8. I love what Maria Z said, "I want to do it right, so I can't do it all."

    It really is a matter of picking and choosing, and deciding where you want your best efforts to go. I blog but don't do Facebook or Twitter. I would love to write more stories but I only have so much creative energy so I write less stories and put more of me into the novel.

    Of course, most of it is easier said than done. :) Hang in there, Ellie!

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  9. Right now I am just aiming for two blog posts a week. No schedule, no weekly repeating posts. Whatever I feel like. I also write and save posts that I can pop in when I am busy.

    As far as feeling dead tired. Have you tried exercising? I felt like I had been run over by a truck a few weeks ago. Now that I'm back to doing a low-impact cardio routine 4-5 days a week I feel so much better, even thought I still spend hours sitting in front of my computer.

    Don't worry. It'll work out. You just have to find the right balancing point for you.

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  10. Right now, I'm focusing more on the polishing of my novel. It will be out sometime this year. Fatigue has been a part of life for the ast 11 years since I was diagnosed with Hashimotos DiSease and Epp-Stien Barr. Some days really suck. I what I can when I can.

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  11. Having had a long blogging break,I've come back to it way more diciplined than before. I need to spend more time writing so I'm not rushing to enter blogfests and memes.

    I'm on FB because it keeps my far flung family in touch and on twitter purely for writing info. I shut them all off when I'm writing though, as it's too tempting to pop in every few minutes!

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  12. I've tried to stop beating myself up about what I'm not keeping up with, because in the end it's impossible to keep up with everything and you can only do so much.

    Also, I go in stages. Sometimes I write a lot but have the hardest time keeping up with the social networking. Other times it's the reverse. And I think that's okay.

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  13. I guess it depends on what your goal is. If it is to be published, writing has to come first, then blogging.

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  14. Doing both is difficult. When I'm ready to dive back into writing my third book, I will have to pull back from blogging.
    And I am beyond tired right now!

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  15. "Do you feel dead tired?"
    Uh, yeah, like RIGHT NOW! Publishing and blog-touring are exhausting! (Even though I don't actually have to leave my house to do either) And I won't even get started on the list of things that are SUPPOSED to have already happened in my writing life!

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  16. It's hard to find a balance between writing and blogging. Sure, there's time for both--but only if other, also important stuff gets pushed to the side.

    Hope you find a way to do both without feeling so tired.

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  17. Good luck in striking a balance that works. Not sure there's any such thing for a writer. I don't know many who manage to achieve that. It's mostly see-sawing between this and that thing that needs to be done.

    My writing seems to be the first thing to suffer, but it calls me back when I wander too far away.

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  18. Do I ever feel like a dead tired writer? You bet.

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  19. Its a tough balance. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by it all. Best thing to do is to write a certain word count daily and then spend time on the social networking sites.

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  20. I often consider that if we were vampires there would be time for both because we wouldn't need to sleep...

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  21. Time management can be a b* :) I have a pretty strict time schedule. Every once in awhile I schedule some down time to recharge.

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  22. The only way I can do it is to take breaks from blogging. Right now, I've taken on an art job, and I also signed up for the A to Z in April, so I'll have to cut back on blogging and commenting for the next few weeks. On a bright note, most members of the blogging community seem to understand and don't just ditch you if he leave for a little bit :-)

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  23. Check out my Blog tomorrow, there's an award for you there. x

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  24. Hi Ellie .. I'm not surprised - I can totally empathise ... it's one small step all the time - with no thinking about the end .. that will come. Life will ease .. Good luck, relax and remember to breathe .. cheers Hilary

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  25. I blog less, and try to say more when I do blog. Everyone makes their own schedule, just change it.

    Am now following, nice to meet you, compliments of the A-Z Challenge list. It keeps growing. . .

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  26. I have had to become very organized about social media-- about the amount of time I spend platform building. That is a shame, because I enjoy this aspect of it. (Wish I could spend way less time editing).

    You asked a pretty tough question... My answer has to be this: I will collapse before I give any of it up. I still want to do it all--and accept that it just takes me longer. A very patient Indie Publisher has helped where that philosophy is concerned. I could never do a large publisher with demanding deadlines.

    As far as feeling tired?

    Yep...like so many have commented here. We try to do it all, and so much of it is up to us. The publishing landscape has certainly shifted. But the love of the craft drives us on.

    I sure hope that your energy rebounds. :-)

    Nice to meet you...I found my way here via the A to Z linky-list.

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