It’s been a while since I’ve written anything, and there’s a reason. Well, a couple of reasons actually…
I’ve been feeling really uninspired, I haven’t had anything to say, and to be honest, I’ve been feeling pretty burnt out.
When it comes to being burnt out, or feeling uninspired, or like there’s just nothing to say, I hear other writers dish out advice like: “just sit down and write, anyway.” Or “force yourself.”
While this is great advice for staying in the habit of writing regularly, it’s not great advice for me personally. I love writing, but there is a delicate balance between me and my love of writing. If the balance is upset, I become frustrated and my love quickly turns into hate.
However, this is the kind of advice I do have to follow at work. When you write for a living like I do, it doesn’t matter how you’re feeling, you still have to produce. But when it comes to my blog, or writing for fulfillment I absolutely refuse to follow this advice. If it’s something I’m doing for myself and for my own enjoyment, then there’s really no point in forcing it, because at that point, I’m not really enjoying it, am I?
Whenever I force my writing, I always have a hard time feeling satisfied with what I’ve written. At work, it’s okay, because it doesn’t matter whether or not I’m satisfied, so long as my boss and our clients are satisfied. It’s different. I have to be very separate from my writing at work.
But when I’m writing outside of work, my satisfaction with whatever I write is very important. So even if I sit down and try to force it, chances are I won’t do anything with it.
If you ask me, I’d say it’s pretty important to take breaks from anything you love, especially if you can feel the burnout creeping in. It’s also important to realize when other things in your life are taking up the space that you usually use to devote to the thing that you love.
I’m a yogi, and I’m a writer. Those are my things, but I don’t always have space for both. When I dedicate a lot of time to yoga, writing naturally takes a back seat. When I dedicated extra time to writing, yoga tends to take a back seat.
A few months ago, I was trying to do it all (on top of my responsibilities) and it was making me miserable. So I put yoga on the back burner and began focusing on writing. I think right now, I’m just having a natural shift – ready to start focusing more on yoga – so writing is now taking a back seat.
Switching back and forth between these things keeps me interested. It’s a balance that works for me. It keeps me fresh, and I like that.
So, that’s it. That’s why I haven’t written anything in a while, and it’s why my writing schedule is probably going to be somewhat sparse until further notice.