How I Avoid Writer’s Burnout

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Set Goals With Wiggle Room

I like to set goals when I write. Having a clear goal in mind helps provide me with motivation and keep me on track. One of the things that I’ve learned though, is that when goals become too strict, they can end up being counterproductive.

Don’t Play Catch-Up

Another change that I’ve made is that I stopped playing “catch-up” when I miss my goals. I used to always feel like I was falling behind when I didn’t hit my writing goals. I’d end up adding the missed day’s writing to the next day.

Switch Topics

Avoiding burnout isn’t just about managing how much I write, but also about paying attention to what I write.

Build a Buffer

Another strategy that I use to avoid burnout is to build a small buffer of unpublished writing. This way, if I do need to take a break, I still have a few things to publish during my days off.

Be Forgiving

The final, and most important, thing that I do to avoid burnout is simply to be forgiving of myself. Everyone needs to take breaks from writing every once in a while. Everyone will occasionally fall short of their goals. There’s no reason to beat myself up over it when these things happen to me.

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