Every month for six months I have released a book. My debut novel released on January 1st and it’s been nonstop ever since. Did I love it? Yes. Was it insane? Yes. With three days left until my sixth book releases I’m wondering what I’m going to do with myself now that I have all this extra time on my hands. Unrestrained has been uploaded and ready for a couple days now and other then working on some promo things, and advertising this week has been rather uneventful in terms of writing. Now I can’t figure out what to do next.
The first book in my next series is done but I’m not ready to jump into books two and three yet so I’ve been waiting… and organizing. Little things like reading through all my emails, catching up on blog posts and working my way through my TBR have been kind of awesome. I know more is coming but I need to figure out a better balance. This week I edited one of the videos from our Facebook group Crazy Writer Chicks, and it was the one on how we maintain balance. Listening back to what I had to say made me realize I haven’t had any balance over the last few months and it’s taken a toll. (if you want to listen in you can find us on YouTube)
Creativity and Burn Out
Creative people often struggle with burning out. It’s a scary thing to think about but it effects so many people. Luckily writing is a side gig for me which allows me some additional freedoms verses it being my only source of income. My plan for now is to get my life back in order. Write what comes to me, read often and finish up some home repairs that I’m tired of looking at. In time I will set my next release date but it will likely be a couple months away. I don’t want to rush anymore, I want to take the time to enjoy what I’m doing and I encourage each of you to do the same.
Today I’m talking about writing but if you are reading this and what I am sharing resonates with you then you can make some changes yourself. Anyone can get burned out doing anything, variety is key for so many of us. The pressures of outside responsibilities and internal pressures to always be better can be difficult. Allow yourself grace. Allow yourself time. I’m going to try to do the same.