In the past I would have said, "Burn out? What's that?" It's kind of a foreign concept for me. I've always had a fairly high output level when it comes to productivity. I like staying busy. I often have too many irons in the fire, but it's the way I like it. I thrive on a certain amount of pressure. Another thing I might have said is that I always have more than one project on the go at one time. When I get bored or stuck, I switch to a different project.
That's what I WOULD have said...
Truthfully, I'm feeling a bit of burn-out this year, and it's not very comfortable. The first thing I've had to do is lay the guilt aside. I had lofty goals at the beginning of 2015, but very little on my 'list' has found its way into reality.
It's not as if I haven't been writing. I submitted two articles for the upcoming Inscribe Anthology, I've continued to blog here each month, maintain my personal blog 'Expression Express', post on the Word Guild blog, and recently I started writing for the Inscribe professional blog on writing. I've written some articles for Fellowscript, collaborated on a play, edited some work for another writer, written some reviews, not to mention I've written a sermon almost every week since January. (My husband and I are serving as Interim pastors in our church and I was left to do the preaching for the entire months of January, February and much of March.)
Just writing this list has boosted my 'satisfaction-meter'. I WAS productive, despite the fact that my two works in progress only grew by a few thousand words over the course of the last three months.
I've come to realize that seasons of inspiration will come and go and that's okay. Sometimes the best remedy for burn-out is to just let it be. That in itself can be inspiration enough.
Tracy Krauss continues to ponder life from her home in Tumbler Ridge, BC. If you're interested in any of her many published books or plays (all published last year or earlier...) visit her website.