Lifestyle

Creativity & Its Worst Enemy Ever, Burnout (Also: I’m On Hiatus)

Some people see hiatuses as big no-nos.

I know the feeling well. Post views go down, followers stop filing in, and those oh-so-perfectly planned posts are left sitting unread in the draft folder. All the things we’re working for are kinda tossed out the window.

Well, I’m taking a hiatus. It’s pretty nervewracking, but, more than that, it’s badly needed.

I’ve been thinking a lot about productivity and what keeps people from accomplishing their goals lately, and creative burnout has been at the front of my mind. It’s this really stupid feeling of not being able to create anything for a variety of reasons. And I’ve caught the bug. *miffed look*

Burnout isn’t something talked enough about here on the blogosphere or anywhere in the writing world, really. It causes so much damage, but a lot of people don’t notice the pattern they’re going through: creativity rises and rises, falls dramatically, then rises again. A tiring loop, over and over.

So let’s be the ones to talk about it.

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Answering Your Questions — 6-MONTH BLOGIVERSARY (+ Exciting News!!)

It’s my 6-month blogiversary!!!

On July 1st, I celebrated a full six months of When Words Fly! It truly was a great day of looking back and dreaming about the future.

After totally forgetting for a few hours,* I celebrated by binging recent Ninjago episodes, reading journal entries, and freaking out over a few special people with special birthdays (shoutout to my girl Annie Cate, SHES 15 NOW WHAAA??)

Today, though, we’re going to be answering the Q&A questions you submitted a few weeks ago. We also have a bunch of virtual (aka imaginary**) potatoes and confetti and cake, so get comfy! LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED!!

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*yes i actually forgot till about lunchtime *facepalms into a wall*

** 😦

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Ask Me ANYTHING! — 6-Month Blogiversary Q&A

EEP! When Words Fly is about to turn six months old!

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Six months of absolute crazy typed onto a computer and shoved out into the great big world for everybody to see. I haven’t given up yet (i never will lolol), and that’s pretty darn cool.

Just about everyone does a Q&A for their 6-month or 100 follower celebration, and that’s awesome! Q&A’s are great, and I’m doing one myself (keep reading). But I like going beyond the norm, so, instead, why don’t we have a full-on party?

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Lifestyle

How To Make Time For CREATIVITY In Your Crazy Busy Life

The general rule: full schedule = death to creativity.

I know firsthand that our lives can get very busy with school, work, family, travel, and plenty of other distractions. As a creative soul and a planner at heart, I find myself buried deep in my to-do-lists. When the day is finished and nothing creative gets done, no big — we’ll just do something creative tomorrow yay!!

But then it happens again. And again. AND AGAIN. We have 24 hours a day to get stuff done.* Where did time for creativity go???

I hate to break it to you, but you’ve been wasting it.

So, today, we’re breaking down 4 ways you can make time for creativity — even when your schedule is overflowing and you’re running out of to-do-list paper.


*you know, give or take like 9 hours for sleep

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Lifestyle

I’m Going On Hiatus?? Why I’m Leaving (& What I’m Doing)

I KNOW I KNOW.

Never in my life have I taken an intentional hiatus from the internet or my blog. Never when I’m on vacation, never when I’m sick. Never. But here I am, saying bye-bye. See ya later.

WHY?!?

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Lifestyle

The Biggest Lie You’re Telling Yourself

While I normally like to keep my posts upbeat, today I’m going to talk about something a bit more personal that we desperately need to address more as writers, especially bloggers. I wasn’t planning on publishing this post — it’s been in my drafts almost five months — but I can’t ignore the topic anymore.

So. Here it goes.

I’ve only been blogging for a few months now. It would make sense that I don’t have hundreds of views a day or 500 followers.* But, still, I was in a bit of an emotional slump because of it a little while ago.

I’m an INFJ and don’t like people feeling bad for me, so I didn’t tell anyone and played it off like blogging and writing was easy-peasy. Cool beans. A piece of cake.

But, honestly? I was comparing, and I was slowly losing hope for myself.


*WE WILL GET THERE ONE DAY. WE WILL RULE THE WORLD

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What To Do While In The Midst Of Procrastinating (Like We Need Help Anyway)

Today, I was supposed to post Organize Your World part 4. But guess what??

I PROCRASTINATED YAY!!

And don’t think I had a good excuse.

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‘I’m thinking’ is just another way to say I haven’t done it yet and I don’t really want to so I’m making a bunch of excuses to avoid it.

So, yes, I avoided writing the post I had meant to write, and instead wrote about all the things I’ve been doing in the meantime you can do while being stubborn and procrastinating.

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