Sometimes as an author, you have your breakdowns. As an Indie, I’m no exception to the rule. But I think being an Indie makes you far more susceptible to heartbreaks and headaches in the world.
So, what do I mean by “heartbreaks and headaches?” Well, I’ll start with this.
Every creative person in the world has their moments of doubt, and it slips through many different forms. Some people have moments where they’re merely stuck and create their ideal world slowly, some take multiple breaks in order to reclaim their niche, and others end up not creating at all. None of these are really good for those that love their creative focus, but it’s sadly something that we’re left to endure something.
A creative burn-out.
Dealing With a Burn-Out
Personally, for me, I don’t take well to burn-outs due to my heavy anxiety. I always find myself wondering what I’m doing wrong, why my books aren’t selling, and instead of writing, some days I find myself shifting to marketing the books that I already have instead of the ones that haven’t been written yet.
That’s not a good move either. It leaves you rather destitute. So, how do I adjust?
Let me tell you something that I did today. Earlier, I attended an acting practice session for a convention that I’m attending in early October, ICON. And after that, I treated myself to some shopping at the mall, popping in at a local Barnes and Noble, where I decided to let loose and have a bit of fun.
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Today, I'm exploring Barnes and Noble for some books, and I stumbled upon this beauty. I had heard much about this book, reception wise. And I decided to skim through the first chapter, so here's a #minireview on it! -The writing in this is truly mystical, and I'm drawn into the author's dialogue and descriptions. But I'm wary to continue it just because I know that instalove is a theme here, and that is something I personally avoid while reading. -The cover is GORGEOUS, and it makes me truly envious to see as an author myself. -Would I try it? …Sure, every book is worth a read until the pages are blotched.
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I have a friend, @adelle_yeung, that once suggested this book to me. Asian cultures and stories have always been a weakness of mine to tackle thanks to my love of anime and JRPG's, so this will be a definite buy for me today, and I'll see how I like it! #authorsofinstagram #books #booktube #YA
I read some books, and even picked up a couple of them. Reading can be just as fulfilling as writing, and enjoying yourself is one good way to deal with burn-out. When you’re away from your troubles, life is a little more exciting and open.
Exploring a new book is as fun as exploring your own little world. And I’ve found that it’s enjoyable to share each experience with others.
Being an author may leave you with heartbreak, headaches, even agony… but there are always little things that you can look forward to when you are one. All you need do is look forward.