Seasons of Writing   11 comments

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

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The answer is – yes.

It depends on what I’m writing. When I feel passionate about what I am writing, it’s like a pot of coffee to my system. I feel an increase in adrenaline that spurs me on to the end of the scene and sometimes beyond, creating excitement. What’s more writing releases endorphins like oxytocin into the brain synapses, giving a boost not unlike heroin or nursing a baby.

Adrenaline and oxytocin are a powerful combination that make it hard not to feel energized when doing whatever it is that stimulates them, be it writing or binge drinking. Yes, writing can become an addiction not unlike alcoholism. We’ve all heard sad stories of gifted authors who have hurt themselves or fallen into the bottle. Ernest Hemingway and Jack Kerouac are just two who come to mind whose joy in writing turned to despair. How do we know the difference?

Sometimes you reach the bottom of the well and you have to take a pause to let it refill. I have those times – when writing has exhausted me and I need to go live real life for a while. It’s not that I never want to write again. I haven’t run out of good stories. I’m not giving up. I just need a break. Or maybe a shift of focus. Whatever it takes to stave off burnout and reinvigorate my love of writing.

And those times of refocus and renewal are how I know I’m not addicted to writing. It is my obsession, but it is one that I am still in control of. So long as I don’t have a project on deadline, I don’t despair when the words stop flowing. I recognize it for what it is – a needed time to allow my neurotransmitters to replenish. While I can’t imagine never writing again, I know I can not write for a few days or weeks and not be harmed in the least by it. If I find myself feeling anxious about not feeling the writer’s muse, then I know it’s time to step back even further and analyze why I’m writing – to satisfy my muse or to stimulate my endorphins.

That isn’t me at the moment. My muse showers blessings on me most days. I am writing on deadline, closing in on the rewrite of “Gathering In” (the 5th book in Transformation Project series). And I’ve just had a wonderful burst of creativity toward other projects. I’m not exhausted by writing currently – although the smoke from nearby forest fires and warm nights that don’t cool down because the sun never sets makes me tired and cranky unfortunately. It also causes me to be awake nights — a really good time to write and stimulate some endorphins to overcome my current life circumstances.

Writing has seasons and we all go through winters. What is exciting in June may seem impossible in December. It is the nature of the creative process, but seasons are temporary and after winter comes spring.

Posted July 22, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Blog Hop

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11 responses to “Seasons of Writing

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  1. I enjoyed the content of this post. Lots of food for thought.

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  2. Yes, we all need to take a break from writing when the going gets tough. I do this quite often! I’ve no need to work to deadlines, so just turn off the computer and go out for a walk!

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  3. I love writing when the worlds asleep.

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    • No one sleeps in Alaska in the summer. You hear your neighbor moving things around in his garage at 2:00 am. The sun’s up, so we all think we don’t need sleep. I don’t really mind that, however.

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  4. Taking a break allows your subconscious to work on things in the background. But sleep can do the same thing.

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  5. I hadn’t ever thought about what it’s like to balance writing when the sun is always up. I’m glad you shared, thank you!

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