51. My Plan for Fighting Writer Burnout

I'm painfully aware that perfection can't be rushed. Ok, I know nothing is perfect per se, but that's not the point. The point: when you're like me and you're on your FOURTH rewrite knowing good and full well that it needs some additional tender loving care, well, it's enough to make you bang your head against the wall. 

Me right about now. Source & photo: Thebarkpost

Me right about now. Source & photo: Thebarkpost

How on earth can I stay interested and not be annoyed to pieces staring at the same words day in and day out? How can I prevent myself from walking towards an incinerator (or a fire-lit garbage bin in this case) and toss my once beloved manuscript into the point of no return? The only thing I can immediately do is what will provide me instant relief:

Take a deep breath and step away from the work in progress. That's number one. 

I've worked hard, I've labored, and I need to take time to relax, relate, and release. Then, I can only assume my next moves are the following (in no particular order might I add):

1. Read, read read -- getting lost in good books will hopefully remind me of that deep desire to pen my own masterpiece. I can also consider jotting notes about why I like certain material.

2. Conduct a book analysis or self-assessment. What are the highlights of my book that I want to keep? What needs work? 

3. Map out all of the weaknesses and brainstorm how to strengthen each item.

4. Create character analysis for my book characters. The more I know them, the more real they will seem, which will make the writing come naturally. 

5. Tweak my outline. (I have nothing for a pantser; perhaps create an outline from what you actually wrote?)

6. Write one scene at a time.

Yes, I want to roll my eyes at the thought of jumping into this bad boy again, but I have to. After all, rushing through this makes zero sense if it won't end up the way I want it to. So, until I get some better advice, I'm about to follow my own. Because ya'll, I'm ready to get back on Launch a Bestseller. I do. And I can't launch anything if I don't have a book I'm satisfied with that's actually ready to go. 

With that said it's off to step number one which is read, read, read. On deck: Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events. I just so happened to catch the series on Netflix and must say I've been pleased. I figured I would give the books a try. Until next time: