In which a bunch of authors & editors are invited to answer the question: How do you deal with creative exhaustion?
I think ‘slow writing’ is the answer when the feeling of burn out threatens, something akin to the ‘slow food’ movement. Anxiety and panic are counterproductive to the creative process. What I enjoy in writing is the puzzle solving aspect – first, brooding about a puzzle I set myself, then trying to work it out in a way that might interest readers. The secret is, not to worry about doing this fast. If only a block of text gets written each day, who else in the universe cares? As long as one block gets placed near the next. And it can be done at 5am.