Inspiration For When You Feel Burned Out// Why I Create Series Part One

by - October 03, 2018

You have a reason.

A reason to laugh.
A reason to cry.
A reason to draw.
A reason to paint.
A reason to sing.
A reason to dance.
A reason to write.
A reason to create.

There is a driving force behind why you do what you do. It's what keeps pushing you forward, even when the will to press on is nonexistent and all you want to do is give up.

You can't give up, even if you tried. You know you can never turn your back on your creation.

Something inside of you has that desire, a fire that needs to keep burning and the only thing fueling the flames is the progress you make on whatever it is you are creating.

This project, whatever it may be for you, is your baby. It's your heart and soul and mind. It's your blood, sweat, and tears. It's your hard work and you aren't throwing it out just because you've lost your inspiration.

No, that inspiration is deep inside of you, telling you to press forward, begging you to keep going.

But you're tired. You're hurting. You're weak. You've stumbled upon a moment that everyone will have. A moment of being burned out on something you desperately love to do.

Guess what?

Your love for that project doesn't end because you're tired. You've pushed yourself past your limits and you need a break, but don't let that moment of rest corrupt your mindset into thinking that it's okay to just stop.

No, you need to keep going, you need to keep fighting. That project needs to be shared with the world and you know as well as I do that you won't even consider sharing it until it meets your standards. And your standards are high.

That's amazing. You need those high hopes because if you have nothing to aim for, where will you go?

So yes, take a break. Take a moment to breathe and stop and see what's around you. But don't let that moment trick you into never starting again because breaks are tricky like that and you can't let them stop you from doing the best you can do.

Keep fighting because you have the dreams and the will to do it. You have the heart. You have the soul. That fire is ignited and it will NOT be put out.

Laugh at nothing.
Cry when you really need to.
Draw with passion.
Paint with fierce devotion.
Sing that song.
Dance that dance.
Write that novel.
Create your dreams and break the barriers holding you back.

Nothing is impossible.

You. Can. Do. This.

Ignite the dark with your light.

This post is part of a series I'm doing called "Why I Create." I'm doing it partly because I have a lot to say about why I write and partly because I know a lot of us are about to enter that season of getting ready for NaNoWriMo. While I don't compete in NaNo, I still want to encourage those of you who do and even those of you who are working hard to make your dreams a reality. 

However, this series will be different from many of my other blog series because this one will be very interactive. This series, as I'm planning, will span for the entirety of October. At the end of each post, I am going to ask a question. Those of you who answer in the comments below will be mentioned in the final post of the series, along with your answers. Also, leave a link to your blogs or social media so I can link them in that post if you are interested. If you want to remain anonymous, feel free to comment or shoot me an email with your answer, as well as a note saying to leave your name out of it. 

Now, here is today's question...

What is your current project?

Always remember to keep shining your light, friends. 

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  1. LOVE this post, Ivie! And I can't wait to read the other posts in this series. And it's so important to realize that you need a break, and that you won't abandon your project, but will come back with fresh eyes and renewed energy. <3 <3

    My current project (I assume you mean WIP?) is a superhero / dystopian book that I've been wanting to write for awhile. I have no idea where the story will go, but I'm having so much fun writing it. My non-writerly project is to choose joy, and to treasure the small moments in life.

    <3 <3

    1. Thank you so much!

      Yes, I mean WIP for us writers, but I know not everyone just writes. A lot of us are multi-talented creatives and we have tons of different projects. For example, I love watercolor and making bookmarks and canvases with it. I do writing much more, but a lot of us don't just have one hobby or one thing that we do, so I was trying to make it more open to not just writers... I hope that makes sense. XD

      That book sounds EPIC. I can't wait to hear more when you're ready to share.

      That is a great thing to do. I think I'm going to make it my goal, too. <3 <3

  2. This was beautifully inspirational. For me, the struggle lately has been two-fold: finding time to write and then being inspired when I sit down to do it. I think I’m getting better, but it’s still been so HARD.

    My current projects (there’s three, yikes) are the first three books of my Pentegreen series. I’m first-drafting the third one, editing the second one so it’ll be ready for alphas at some point, and prepping the first one for another round of edits before I send it to an editor. So...I have a lot on my plate! XD

    1. I've been feeling the same way. I haven't written in about a week, not counting this post. I need to set aside time to write more often. Or edit, I should say. Editing is a big thing right now if I plan to publish on my new timeline. XD

      That's a lot of projects, but I know you can do it and I'm so excited to see how far you go with your writing career. <3

  3. This post is so inspirational. I LOVED IT. Can’t wait for the rest of the series!

    My current projects consist of two novels. I’m rewriting the first book of my Inhumans trilogy, and I’m outlining my NaNo novel. I’m not entirely sure what’s happening in the latter, but it’s bound to be interesting! XD

    1. Yay!!

      That's awesome. I'm sure your NaNo project will be AMAZING! It can be fun to have know idea what's happening. XD

  4. This post is well-timed :P I am definitely burnt out and to the point that I am ready to scrap the book, except I have already written 130k words in it so I can't being myself to do that. I've invested 160k words in these characters, I can do just a little more and get to that ever elusive the end.

    My project is A Winter Dark and Deadly and I've put aside all of my other WIPs, until I get the first draft finished (I'm aiming for this Friday). But I'm going to have to get A Certain Sort of Madness ready for publication next week, plus I have to return to my rewrites of A Time of Trepidation. And I have to finish the first draft of Gold and Iron. And I'm brainstorming my NaNo novel... I know, it's a crazy number of projects, but I have to get A Winter Dark and Deadly done first!

    1. I'm sorry you're feeling that way. Maybe a little break would be good. But I know you can do it!!

      That's awesome! I hope you reach your goal!! YOU'VE GOT THIS GIRL!

  5. Wow! This post is amazing! I love the ending words! So powerful. Thank you for this encouraging post! And I can't wait for the other posts in this series!

    My current project is writing a series that has been on my heart for a while now. It started as a very small idea, and I wondered if I could write even a full novel, yet alone 5 novels. But now, that spark of a idea has turned into a flame of a dream. And if that dream is in Gods will, then it'll come true... some day!
    My series is going to be about my family's characters living in the 1800s. Its genre is historical fiction, and I am still in the very beginning of planning and writing. I would love to be self-published! So, I would say that is my wildest project right now!


    1. Aww, thank you! I'm so glad you found this inspiring! <3

      Wow, that sounds so amazing! I can't wait to hear more about it and I know you will reach your goals! <3 So exciting!

  6. I adored this Ivie! So inspiring!

    I am working on a sequel to my Snow White retelling, it's full of fae courts, politics, power struggles, and corruption.

    1. Thank you so much!! <3 <3

      Wow, that sounds so EPIC. I can't wait to hear more! <3

  7. Loved this! I can relate to the burnt-out feeling.

    My current WIP is Of Broken Things and Paint Splatterings, as you probably know. ;D It's a pain in the behind.

    1. So glad you liked this. You will get through that feeling. I just know it. <3

      Yes, the epicness that I often think about. XD I was literally just thinking about your book the other day and how AWESOME it is. You have true talent.

      Writing can be a pain in the behind, honestly, but it's also something we love for a reason. Never forget the reason you started. <3

  8. This is great. I needed that little bit of motivation to keep me going through my edits. At least I get to draft again for November. It's going to be a completely rewrite of the second book in my trilogy...which was written for NaNo 2015 and literally sat untouched until last month, where I re-read it and have since made a new synopsis for November. Fun times...

    1. So glad this was helpful to you!

      Sounds like a big project, but I know you can do it! I can't wait to hear about your progress. YOU'VE GOT THIS!!

  9. Aww what a lovely post, Ivie! ;D <33

  10. Wow cool ^.^

    So my project .... right now I'm doing Inktober which is an artists' thing where you draw one picture per day according to provided prompts. It spans the month of October. I should get back to writing but haven't yet XD

    all the best with this series + your projects <333

    1. Thank you!!

      Yes, I've heard of that. I watch a lot of artist YouTube channels because I love art as well, I'm just not as good at it. XD

      Will you be doing little updates somewhere about the pictures you're drawing for the challenge?? It sounds like a lot of fun!

      Hey, you gotta give attention to your other talents, too. XD

      Thank you so much!! <3 <3 <3

  11. LOVE THIS! I just found your blog & I'm in love already <3 Keep it up <3
    Khadija | October's Lallu

  12. Hey Ivie! My current project is one I'm working on for NaNoWriMo. It's called Cursed (a working title) and I'm currently outlining it.

    1. Hi, Nora! <3

      Ooh, it sounds really cool! I envy those who can outline. I can't do it for the life of me. XD Good luck and I hope you reach all your goals! <3

  13. My current project is one I've always thought was too big to finish. several projects in one to be honest, but the main part is a series of books. A sci-fi series with several more "fantasy" type ideas in it. a space opera, but set in a galaxy (maybe beyond just one galaxy but that's wayy in the future if I ever get around to it) where Magic and dragons are also real. It's mostly about the personal journey of the protagonist, though. super advanced tech and magic and dragons and aliens are cool n' all but... nothing quite beats good character development.

    The only problem...
    ...I haven't even been able to finish a single chapter. every time I try it just... doesn't seem right. so, it's been like 2 years since I tried to write anything.

    so in lieu of that I started drawing the different creatures and characters in the story. which is mostly what I'm doing for Inktober this year. Maybe one day I'll get back on those books tho. I think they'd be super fun to read (and write) once I get going.

    1. It can be hard to start something, especially when it seems intimidating to us, but I defintely think a series like that is worth trying again... when you feel ready. Maybe drawing the characters is the inspiration you need to get started again.

      And maybe start with a smaller story, like a short story or novella. Eventually you'll find yourself going bigger and bigger the more you start writing.

      I have another friend doing Inktober. It sounds so cool, but I always forget to draw anything. XD I'm more of a writer than a drawer. XD

      Eventually, you'll find your inspiration. Just keep moving forward. :D

    2. Lol well I missed 5 days of Inktober, but it's actually really fun when you get going. If you get behind, just draw one thing that incorporates all the words of the days you missed, And it doesn't have to look awesome or anything, just do what you can. To me it's more of a practice thing than an actual art thing.

      And I've actually written several little short stories based in the world of my nonexistent-as-of-yet books xD

      If you want to read some of them I can put the links here or something

    3. That's cool! My friend who's doing it did a drawing from Race to the Edge. XD

      Practice is very important, no matter what you're doing.

      That's cool and that's great practice for if you choose to make it into a novel. Sometimes writing little scenes, and then putting them together works best for some. That's really cool that you have the short stories online. If you want to leave links, go for it. :D

  14. Okie. I'll just leave that link here for ya then. should lead to a folder with all my short stories that are related to the books.

  15. I REALLY love the opening and closing paragraphs of your main article, the one about laughing and crying and such. So poetic! This is going to be such a fun series!

    I'm currently working on the rewrites for my six dystopian standalone series, A SERIES OF THOUGHTS. I'm on book five, half way through. I hope to have part of book six started by the time Nano comes, that way I don't feel so guilty taking a break. But I am so excited about the novel I'm writing for Nano, so I won't feel that bad. Though I love this series, I'm ready for it to be done because I've been working on it FOREVER!

    1. Thank you. I was trying to sound more aesthetic than I am. XD XD

      Those sound EPIC! I hope you reach all your goals. <3


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