I don't know if it's just holiday stress but I've been having trouble writing lately! My last hub sounded better in my head than it turned out (sorry if you ended up reading that horror, I did take it down). Guess it will come back, it's tough waiting out dry spells.
I go through ups and downs, Heather. When there is stress swimming all around (and holidays ALWAYS bring on stress) it may be hard to connect with yourself. A long, hot bath generally helps- at least while I am in the tub.
I would just open a blank Word doc. and start brainstorming how frustrated you are with not being able to write and see what happens...
Thank you for the encouragement bipolartist. I think you are right, when things settle down taking some quiet time to process life could help get the ideas flowing again. Guess I shouldn't be so hard on myself. The holiday is almost over anyway.
I know the feeling. I hadn't been able to write because of work-related burnout (exhaustion led to my not being able to write). I work at a nursing home in the dietary department and it turns out I've been putting in 75 hours per pay period. I guess I shouldn't complain because I got to get my college loans paid but it's a lot of work and especially during a renovation. Anywho, I know what being burned out is like but I'm sure stress is all that it is.
You are doing well - especially considering how many hours you've been working! I've always admired your writing and the honesty in your work. Good luck at your job and keep up the great writing writinglover.
I definitely know what you're talking about. I've been feeling burnout lately, writing on multiple sites, including my own, and also doing a little freelance work. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. I have written some things today I feel good about and enjoyed writing though.
It seems like you write in a lot of places, NateB11. Do you get carpal tunnel? The year I was rushing to get content on my blog, I had tendonitis too. That's better, but I have every kind of brace for my arm that is available. My fingers on my right hand get so uncomfortable, sometimes I wake up in the night and the pins and needles really hurt. I know it's time to take a break then.
I'm taking a break until Christmas is over, I think. I may work a little on my blog, there's a series I have to finish. I don't add much content here because it's too hard when they make changes. I've been writing on Bubblews and got paid any time I tried to redeem, but they made the payout amount $50 now instead of $25, they only gave 3 days notice. It's all the same to me, when I write there I aim for $25 a week. I've begun to write on Infobarrel a few times too, but had some trouble when they changed the format. I can do better now if I use Google Chrome. Sometimes we need to relax. I do get that satisfied feeling though when I know I've written something good. You can't do that on Bubblews.
Yes, over the past 20 months I've done a lot writing. I write on four revenue-sharing sites and have my own sites, two now and plan on starting at least one (maybe two or more) more. In addition, I do a little freelance. I've also now dabbled in some self publishing. It's a lot of writing altogether. I do get some pains from it; some in my hand, more in my upper back and neck from sitting at the computer for extended periods. It's my plan to make a living writing, so I've devoted a lot of time to it. I agree with the suggestion of writing in a word document, it seems to help. In my case, that would be an Open Office document. Somehow it eases the pressure of writing, don't know why. It ends up making it less work, I think. I think because then you can just concentrate on the writing in a document, then when transferring it over to the site, you can then put a little work into other media for the article.
I like writing my serious pieces on Word too. There are no other distractions. I don't bother to write my Bubbles anywhere first, those are only whatever pops into my head, that I can write about in a few literate sentences. I like the easy money, but it doesn't satisfy my creative self. Plus I believe the carpal tunnel comes from all the clicking, you have to view, like, comment, and connect to each piece you look at besides the writing you do. I may drop that. It gets confusing when you write in too many places, doesn't it?
I'm leery of adding more content here, but do like HP. It's a good platform and I learned a lot here. The most active forums and good people are here. It's just too hard when we have to make large changes. But I waver about what bigger site to write on. I wrote the 10 pieces to be accepted on both Wizzley.com and Infobarrel.com. My niche is metaphysical though, and not all sites or readers are receptive to it. It doesn't work out well on Wizzley at all, and I've been trying out different things on both sites, lately on IB. I read a lot and often review books I think are worth reading. I suppose all writers are readers. It's snowing like mad in NJ, and I just got in from food shopping which had to be done. It's a great night for reading by the fireplace! Take care.
I get major burnout from Bubblews, but I still like it. I treat it like a spur of the moment free-flow writing thing. But the interaction, the liking and so on, can become tiring. Yes, it can get difficult writing for many sites. I agree the community on HP is great. That subject you write on is difficult to get a good reception for, it's true. I originally wanted to write mainly very philosophical articles, but those kinds of articles get little traffic. So I ventured off into other interests to write about.
Okay, hope you have a great weekend. thanks for the chat.
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