How to avoid pre-writing-burnout

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    eden anderson


    Eyyy! Twins! 😉

    Haha!😆 Well if I wanted to be anybody’s twin, I would want to be yours…

    "But how could you live and have no story to tell?" - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    Maddie Morrow

    I used to be a complete pantser. Now I plot, but I say that very loosely. When I started plotting I also burned myself out and did zero actual writing. Since then I’ve learned less is more.

    I write a very vague list of what needs to happen in the story. I don’t worry about working out every single plot hole to start out. Usually by the time I get to that point in the story, what I’ve weitten has already worked it out for me.

    I do a little bit of planning on my characters. Like, very little.

    Megan is a redhead whose mom was a musician who abandoned her, and she can play the violin.

    I just try to give myself the loosest idea of what needs to happen and who my people/setting are. That helps me have something to look back at if I get stuck and need to know where to go next, but saves all of the main work for actually getting the thing written, leaving enough blank space and wiggle room for my creativity to keep sparking.


    @MaddieJay That’s essentially what I do as well! Getting to the THE END of any draft feels so great that I can actually see who and what I want to work  with and become excited about revisions. Usually the next draft is a blank page.

    Draft 0 is great idea! My first draft usually changes voice styles…first person or third person or whatever. Even names! It’s a hot mess.

    I found that using beat sheets or loose plot styles, say one of the Seven Basic Plots, really helps to write any version of a plot and know when to add which conflict, even by page number, so that keeps the creative juices flowing. Or jump ahead to a scene you really want to write. If you’re bored as the writer, the reader might be as well.

    mom. writer. always needs coffee.


    Hi, there. I know this thread is a bit old already, but I’ve had problems with this as well, so maybe I could give a bit of advice 🙂

    Like @maddiejay said, when I plot out my stories, I like to keep things very open ended. (It drives one of my sisters nuts since she’s very organized.)If I’m not in the mood to write something, or maybe something doesn’t seem quite right with a certain piece of the plot, I just skip it and say, “inspiration will come to me when it comes.”

    I leave some of my biggest plot holes open sometimes, because later on in the story, if something evolves from the plot, sometimes it’ll make sense and I’ll apply it to that plot hole. (If that even makes sense, I have a hard time wording things sometimes :P)

    I also try not to limit myself if I get inspiration for something that could possibly happen in the future of a plot. If I get an idea for a chapter or event that I’m really stoked to write, I take one of my notebooks and write it out, that way I have a draft of it for the future, and I won’t have to hold on to the idea until it comes up in the timeline and hope I have the same enthusiasm to write it as I did when I first thought of it.

    I could probably talk a ton more if I didn’t think this was already kind of long and hard to read, so I’m going to leave this here.

    I hope this helps a little, even though it’s pretty much what everyone’s already been saying lol. I absolutely love to plot and create characters, so yeah. 🙂


    I do not write the story... the Universe writes the story and I am simply its messenger.

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