Lesson 14 – December 18: Writing and Burnout
December 20, 2022
Writing has been a lifelong passion, which is why it is difficult to admit that I don’t enjoy it as much as I used to. With three years of writing for our school newspaper under my belt, I have become increasingly critical of my craft. This is beneficial when I am in the journalism room writing something that will be published, but it isn’t the best mentality to have when I’m writing for fun. Being so self-critical takes the enjoyment out of writing.
In an attempt to combat this, I have decided to write more outside of the journalism room. Anytime I feel myself slipping into a place of negativity, I step away and remind myself that my work doesn’t always have to be perfect. I have also made sure that each issue of our newspaper features a story I am excited to write in an attempt to avoid burnout.
My advice today is this: your work doesn’t have to be perfect. Don’t allow yourself to let go of something you enjoy because you believe it has to meet some standard. Art is art, music is music, writing is writing. There is no standard that determines whether something deserves to be done. If you want to go make something, get started. Life is short, and that’s coming from someone who still has more than ¾ of her life left to live. Don’t be afraid of putting yourself out there. Creativity doesn’t bite.
If you find yourself in a similar situation, think of little ways that can lead you back to enjoying your craft. Surround yourself with people who will encourage you unconditionally. Encourage yourself unconditionally.