Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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Welcome to Crys Fey's Blog Hop at WriteWithFey!  Today, we are combining with IWSG and sharing our story about writer's block, depression, and/or burnout and how we overcame it or what we are currently doing to heal.

Here we goooo!



Since the beginning of this summer, my creative flow has waned significantly! First, I had barely found the desire to edit an already completed novel but the further into the story I got, the less interested I became. I switched to writing a short story: I came up with the outline from beginning to end and started the first chapter with full power but then my juice dropped off the precipice of doom! Next, I decided to illustrate a children's book for my little boy because I've refused to go to the library because of COVID19 so I figured I could write up a library for my little one and get him interested in reading again! But then my desire to do that stopped. I tried creating memes (which I enjoy doing) but even that fell flat!

It was so disheartening that I cried and went to pray over it. I felt peaceful during the prayer and the thought to fake it til I make it and I will succeed came to me. I decided that just because I don't feel like doing it doesn't mean I should obey that notion. I can work past it.

I know this may sound pretty simple but it sure gave me courage to move past the horrible funk.




Keep Writing with Fey Blog Hop: Share your story about writer's block, depression, and/or burnout and how you overcame it or what you are currently doing to heal.






Catch the sparks you need to conquer writer’s block, depression, and burnout!

When Chrys Fey shared her story about depression and burnout, it struck a chord with other writers. That put into perspective for her how desperate writers are to hear they aren’t alone. Many creative types experience these challenges, battling to recover. Let Keep Writing with Fey: Sparks to Defeat Writer's Block, Depression, and Burnout guide you through:

·        Writer's block
·        Depression
·        Writer's burnout
·        What a writer doesn’t need to succeed
·        Finding creativity boosts

With these sparks, you can begin your journey of rediscovering your creativity and get back to what you love - writing.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Chrys Fey is the author of Write with Fey: 10 Sparks to Guide You from Idea to Publication. She is also the author of the Disaster Crimes series. Visit her blog, Write with Fey, for more tips on how to reverse writer’s burnout. https://www.chrysfey.com/



How have you found yourself again after writer's block or depression?

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29 comments:

  1. Prayer always works!
    And I know you are still writing...

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  2. I'm glad praying brought you peace and you found the courage to move forward.

    Thank you so much for participating in my blog hop!

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    1. Thank you! It's been a long time since I've participated in one--thanks for the honors!

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  3. Editing a completed manuscript can suck the life right out of you. At least it does for me. Early edits are fine, because they don't have to be perfect. But final edits have to be completely right, and that is so hard for me to do. It's the last few percent of finishing a story that wears me down.

    So do whatever you need to do until the writing juices come back.

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    1. It isn't creative, doing final edits; you're right. Creativity is where it's at!!!

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  4. I did complete the first draft to my most recent novel by writing in short bursts of thirty minutes or so where I was not allowed to stop or edit or clean up typos or second guess any sharp left turns in the plot. Just did it. Some of it is good and a lot is a mess.

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    1. That's splendid! It's hard to not look back but to keep marching forward. Kudos to you!

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  5. Simple methods work! Glad you found your way through it.

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  6. Hi, Elizabeth! How frustrating that your motivation mojo has been MIA this summer. That sounds smart to try different projects. Maybe you'll feel more inspired when (IF?) the kids return to school?

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    1. Um... I homeschool!!! eeeek! haha... I need to make my sanity time lest I become insane! xD

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  7. In some ways starting a ton of things is helpful for future low spots. I like to pick up something I haven't looked at in months when I am stuck on something I've been staring at for too long.

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  8. When the words won't come, it can be so discouraging. I'm glad you were able to work through it and find peace.
    Lori at https://lorilmaclaughlin.com

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    1. It took about a week to be able to pick up the threads of that short story--I just needed some "alone time". haha. But seriously, with the perspective outside of my head, I was able to delete a few things at the start of chapter 2 that were damming my creativity for said story. thank you!

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  9. Fake it til you make it works! But sometimes I have a hard time remembering that... Hope you get to finish the children's story!

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    1. I read in someone's blog that it's OKAY to give yourself time away. There is a huge amount of pressure on writers to "always keep writing" when people don't work 24/7, right? Thanks for dropping by!

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  10. Great job of hosting Chrys on her big day! And thanks for the visit to my blog this month. I love my visitors.

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  11. Sometimes you do just have to push through and hope the feeling comes back.

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    1. So true! Maybe even taking a tiny mental vacation? :)

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  12. Glad to meet you through the blog hop. I'm glad you found something to bump you out of your writer's block! @samanthabwriter from
    Balancing Act

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  13. Thank you for sharing your story. Praying helped me a lot too. I think it's great that the "fake it til you make it" mantra is helping you get through your burnout. After stepping away from writing, for a while, that's how I started to get back into the swing of things.
    I actually wrote two children's books during this COVID mess. I have several that I've illustrated and self-published. If you check out the children's page on my blog, I have a playlist of 5 of my children's books being read aloud. I hate the idea of kids being withoug books at this time.

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    1. Fantastic! I can't wait to see your creations! I know what you mean about being without books--my daughter misses going to the library and reading! I missed taking my littlest one so I bought him about 15 books of his own! Thank you for inviting me.

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  14. Glad you found a way to get out of your slump. I like your idea of not giving into. And I just used that strategy with a chapter I've been struggling with. It's taken about five short writing sessions to get the whole chapter done but it's coming along okay now.

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    1. I'm glad that you've managed to push through the funk! Sometimes soundboarding with someone helps a lot! You're welcome to contact me--I love brainstorming with others! xD

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  15. Even though it's not a great time for authors to release books, I think Chrys's came at the perfect time. So many of us need the sparks she offers.

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