Letters for Creatives #45: Monthly writing prompts are back
Plus: Set intention to prevent burnout and building characters in fiction
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Reads of the week
By now, burnout is a given
I have written about burnout and had experienced it more often since 2019. Most of us are expected (or expect ourselves) to be on top of things when the world is in a weird place. When we do not have safe places to go and recharge as things pile on top of each other, it increases the time we experience burnout.
Some suggestions McBride gave:
Reassess and simplify our home life, work, and relationships
Set our calendars with intention
Set realistic expectations for ourselves
Ask for support
My areas of interest
Jami Attenberg is a published author of 7 fiction books. I have been a loyal reader of her newsletter for a few months. She came up with a list to help her to build characters in fiction books.
Do they love food or do they hate food? Do they cook or do they order in? Are they meal planners? Is their fridge empty or full? What is their favorite food? What is their favorite restaurant and is it in another city? Do they cut their food into tiny pieces? Do they swallow without chewing? Do they stop to contemplate the flavor?
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August writing prompts
Reset in the middle of uncertainty
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Poem of the week
Why write love poetry in a burning world?
To train myself, in the midst of a burning world,
to offer poems of love to a burning world.
— Katie Farris
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April writing prompts and dealing with burnout