Disclaimer: the draft title for this post was “Tips for Avoiding Creative Burnout, a Cautionary Tale from a Burned-Out Maker.” Do as I say, friends, not as I do!
Creativity is such a fickle beast. Sometimes it’s a well so dry you worry you’ll never have an idea again, and other times the dam bursts open all at once and you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night scribbling notes in the dark while your husband mutters “not again” into his pillow. (Is that just me?).
We’ll talk about dealing with dry spells another time, but today I want to focus on how to keep yourself out of them in the first place. Because while creative surges are awesome—so many ideas! make all the things! go go go!—they can be taxing. Even your passions will wear you out eventually if you don’t restrain yourself just a smidge.
So here are my tips for avoiding creative burnout. Which I plan to start practicing as soon as I’m done with all the holiday DIYs. Really.