That Hot, Itchy, Burning Desire (to Write)
By Miss January 2013, Stephanie McCratic (who may or may not have watched way too much of the Miss America pageant, making her selection as AWB Blogger of the Month particularly timely…) Read her bio, visit Evolved Mommy, and don’t miss her video acknowledgement of her title complete with tiara.
Y’all, I’ve got blogger burnout. Bad.
This happens from time-to-time, and usually goes as fast as it came, but writing is my favorite hobby, so when the words aren’t there I start to get a little twitchy.
What causes blogger burnout?
- The holidays
- A boring life (this can actually be a good thing for life, but bad for writing)
- An overextended, overbooked schedule
- Nothing at all
- When writing or blogging is also part of your job
It doesn’t matter what causes it. What matters is that I trust the burnout will re-ignite into a fire in my fingers and a hot itch to type. Yep. A hot itch. Because sometimes writing is like a venereal disease that just won’t go away. If you love to express yourself through writing, but hit a dry spot, do not worry! You’re writing VD will again flare up and you’ll be over-sharing again in no time.
How to reignite your writing passion
- Put your fingers on your keyboard and type something. Even if it’s just a Word document and you never publish it. Write it anyway.
- Invite guests to post on your blog in the meantime (you’ll see quite a bit of this on Evolved Mommy right now)
- Create short posts or wordless, image-only posts
- Find a focus, like One Little Word
- Write about your burnout. Chances are your readers can relate.
- Save your words. Don’t share everything on Facebook. Save it for your blog. Then share that on Facebook.
These are just some of the tricks I use to get that hot burning itch back. What do you do?