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Writing Through Burn Out

I'm suffering from a bad case of Spring Fever, folks.  I only have seven more chapters left to conclude my novel, but for the life of me can't muster up the inspiration to write them.  With such beautiful weather, my attention and energy has been devoted to gardening and biking.

 I haven't written in at least three weeks.  Every time I walk into the office my computer sits there, staring at me accusingly, bidding me to finish what I started three years ago.  My responsible side wants to comply, but the  more carefree side, won't allow it.  Perhaps I'm suffering from burn out, I don't know, but whatever the case, it doesn't seem like this phase is going to pass anytime soon. 

Professionals like Stephen king and Truman Capote recommend that authors write every day.  Although I've never agreed with this approach, after all my down time I am rethinking it.  In the past, whenever I tried to write without being inspired, I turned out nothing but drivel. I then decided if this was the best I could do, it was a waste of my time to write.

 Now, however, I realize that it's better to get something down than have weeks go by with an empty page.  I can always edit it later, at least my ideas are there.I'm unsure if what I'm experiencing is normal, but I have to do something, so I have dedicated my day to writing.   I also made a personal commitment to write at least two hours a day, every day. Hopefully I will write through my burn out.   How about you--has anyone had a similar experience?  If so, I'd be interested to know how you resolved it?  Until next time, happy writing.         
  

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