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Dear Writer, Are You In Burnout? (QuitBooks for Writers Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- Print length : 166 pages
- Publication date : September 17, 2019
- File size : 1426 KB
- Publisher : Hummingbird Books (September 17, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B07X66MHDZ
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #190,973 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Admitting to being in burnout or having experienced burnout is a touchy topic. The author's personal experiences with burnout show she's not talking from an ivory chair. She's been there and done the work to recover. She knows exactly how easy it can be to slide into the pit and what needs to be done to recover and setup long-term methods to prevent another burn.
Having a tool to pinpoint the causes and tips to help re-evaluate expectations and choices is priceless. This book is worth far more than its cost. I only wish I had it two years ago. I already feel better simply having a guide and a plan.
She doesn’t need to convince you of anything because you’re instantly recognize the truth in what she saying through your own experiences. But she helps to decide your experiences in a way that a light bulb went off over my head.
I’ve been ducking in and out of minor burnout my whole life. And often times my approach was the exact opposite of what I needed to do, I can see that now. “Im creatively dry, I better cut out everything I love so I can buckle down. Wait, why am I even more tired?”
I still have a lot of work ahead of me (as she says there are no silver bullets) but I feel like I have a lot of trusty tools in my toolbox to help me do my best.
It's refreshing to find this perspective in a high performance culture, hustle is a badge of honour these days
There is no feel good fluff here, a great research based easy to digest read and lots of food for thought.
It's not like we don't know what to do, we need the support and reassurance to do the things and this book is exactly that
Highly driven people will look at the cover and cringe.
Highly driven people may skip this altogether.
Good for me. I don't need any more pressure. I even compete with myself; I try to outperform my yesterdays and yesteryears. And so I wake up every day and write my nanny off. I top them sci fi romance charts. I work like my kids are starving on the streets and I'm their last hope.
I CAN NOT STOP. THERE IS NO OFF BUTTON.
Step away from this book highly driven person and fall into the depth of underperformance then figure out a way out. You can do it! No doubt. You are driven. But I read this, learned to look for the signs, and I will do it better and faster than you. ;)
(((((if that don't make you one click, I don't know what will.))))
...get it and set aside time in the next couple of days to read it.
It may not speak to you.
But it screamed at me.
If you're mentally and/or creatively exhausted. If you just can't find that focus you know you have, especially when it comes to writing. If you know you're pushing yourself too hard, but you also know you can't stop...
Go read the book. Now.
I’m a big fan of Becca Syme’s “Write Better-Faster” and “Strengths for Writers” programs. Learning my top strengths and how to best harness them, along with coaching sessions with her has been a game changer for me. Before reading this book, I listened to her excellent YouTube series on burnout, which I highly recommend. (Links are provided in the book or are easily found via an internet search.) This book is a great companion to that information.
I’ve experienced burnout both in my former career in and as a fiction writer. Having Becca break down the burnout process (fulcrum point, slide, and pit) and explain how to manage the recovery process of building a ladder by refilling our “energy penny reserves” and learning to honor our “plate size” provides hope. She shares stories of clients who battled burnout and references her own experiences with burnout. I related to the concept of having a “phantom plate” where we place the myriad things we feel we should be doing. My phantom plate overflowth.
Becca reminds us of our similarities and differences and how they relate to burnout and recovery, for example, different things fill different people’s creative stores. The information in this book is enlightening and practical. I look forward to Becca’s next installment in her “Dear Writer” series.