Can You Help This Freelance Writer Recover from Burnout?

Carol Tice

I spend a lot of time on this blog helping writers figure out how to find more and better clients.

Today, let’s look at a problem on the other side of the spectrum.

One writer recently emailed me with her tale of woe — she is overloaded with work and falling out of love with writing:

“How do you handle extreme burnout in freelance writing? I am going through that now and am floundering with my writing. My quality of writing has gone way down. I have been fighting this with a purple passion, but my work is suffering.

“Another problem is that I lost my major client last Friday due to the economy and my boss’s subsequent layoff. I am so turned around I don’t know what to do. Any advice would clearly be appreciated. I don’t want to leave my writing, but I am so burned out that I am not providing quality work.”–Teresa

This is definitely a bad situation. Makes me wonder whether that layoff was really because of “the economy,” because we all know what happens when you’re burned out.

You get fired from some of your better gigs. Suddenly, instead of burnout being the worry, it’s starvation.

It’s become a tradition for me to throw at least one holiday-time mailbag question to my great readers to answer, so I’m turning this one over to you. I can’t wait to see your tips!

Can you help this writer avoid burnout? Leave your advice in the comments.

P.S. Congrats to Becca, who won a free ticket to the upcoming Freelance Writers Den bootcamp, How to Use Social Media to Get Freelance Gigs. Get details on this training by clicking below:

40 Comments

  1. Roger Carr

    I have discovered that putting in more hours into work doesn’t always translate into more progress. Taking the long and short breaks (including naps) others have suggested may seem like work will get more behind, but in reality the “recharge” allows us to be more creative and productive with the hours we put into a task.

    Also, focusing on the positive benefits of doing a great job instead of the negative things that could occur if the work doesn’t get done would help. The ability to get the work completed without quality suffering will be the benefit. I know it isn’t easy under the circumstances, but it is a choice we can make.

  2. Rick Elfstrom

    every one of us have sometimes burnouts, I myself then take some vacations to regain energy! 🙂

  3. Vinil

    I think it’s about getting organized and scheduling some time for pleasure. I faced similar challenges at my work too, today, I work only 5 days a week, go out once a week and just sleep on a Sunday. It’s about realizing that there’s a lot more to life than just work. Let your hair down, forget about work for a few weeks, go out on a holiday and come back with a fresh new “you.”

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