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Blog Briefs: On Burnout, with Mary Doria Russell

In which a bunch of authors & editors are invited to answer the question: How do you deal with creative exhaustion? Mary Doria Russell’s first book, The Sparrow, was impressive. It was party mystery, part gothic horror, and part alien contact. Its marketing was also impressive: it sold as a mainstream …

Blog Briefs: On Burnout, with Lucy Sussex

In which a bunch of authors & editors are invited to answer the question: How do you deal with creative exhaustion? Lucy Sussex is one of those smart, intimidating writers. Here, she gives advice in TWO languages! To have output you must have input. It helps to go on a period …

Blog Briefs: On Burnout, with Jack Dann

In which a bunch of authors & editors are invited to answer the question: How do you deal with creative exhaustion? Jack Dann may be best known internationally for his writing. But locally he’s known for his schtick. And warm-heartedness. Here he answers ‘option b': What strategies do you recommend to writers …

Blog Briefs: On Burnout, with Rosaleen Love

In which a bunch of authors & editors are invited to answer the question: How do you deal with creative exhaustion? I wanted to call Rosaleen ‘one of the originators of the weird’, but even that seemed too constrictive a description. Here Rosaleen gives EXACTLY the kind of advice I’ve been …

Blog Briefs: On Burnout, with Pamela Freeman

In which a bunch of authors & editors are invited to answer the question: How do you deal with creative exhaustion? Pamela Freeman is one of those genuinely generous authors that you want on speed-dial. I alternate between books for kids and books for adults and they use slightly different parts …

Blog Briefs: On Burnout, with Charles Tan

In which a bunch of authors & editors are invited to answer the question: How do you deal with creative exhaustion? Author and commentator Charles A. Tan here neglects to mention his World Fantasy Award nomination this year – but DOES explain how he gets so much done. (Note to self: …

Blog Briefs: On Burnout, with Angela Slatter

In which a bunch of authors & editors are invited to answer the question: How do you deal with creative exhaustion? There’s something both masterful and reassuring about Angela Slatter. I know that sounds weird, but whenever I think of Angela, I think, “Power.”   I sleep. I pout. I feel …

Blog Briefs: On Burnout, with Andrew Macrae

  In which a bunch of authors & editors are invited to answer the question: How do you deal with creative exhaustion? Andy Macrae wrote a particular story – a very particular story! – some years ago that has stuck in my head. It was powerful and original, and I’m pleased …

Blog Briefs: On Burnout, with Martin Livings

In which a bunch of authors & editors are invited to answer the question: How do you deal with creative exhaustion? Author Martin Livings offers up THE best advice I’ve heard yet. :) Love it.   Quit.  Yep, you heard me, quit while you’re ahead.  Quitting writing is like quitting smoking; …

Blog Briefs: On Burnout, with Ian Irvine

In which a bunch of authors & editors are invited to answer the question: How do you deal with creative exhaustion? Author Ian Irvine is a gentleman. A fearless and gracious gentleman, never one to turn down a lady’s invitation to bellydance. (Not *my* invitation, I must add). Ian answers, What strategies …

Blog Briefs: On Burnout, with Jenny Lawson

In which a bunch of authors & editors are invited to answer the question: How do you deal with creative exhaustion? Jenny Lawson writes one of the most energetic blogs online. Here she explains how to protect that energy in a few easy steps.   Whenever I feel creatively tapped-out I …

Blog Briefs: On Burnout, with David McDonald

In which a bunch of authors & editors are invited to answer the question: How do you deal with creative exhaustion? Author David McDonald humbles & inspires with this creative advice. Surround yourself with creative people. One of the challenges of being a writer is that it can be very lonely. …

Blog Briefs: On Burnout, with Alisa Krasnostein

In which a bunch of authors & editors are invited to answer the question: How do you deal with creative exhaustion? Editor & publisher Alisa Krasnostein has recently been honoured with a World Fantasy Award nomination – and rightly so. In recent years, Krasnostein has changed the face of local publishing …

Blog Briefs: On Burnout, with Lee Battersby

In which a bunch of authors & editors are invited to answer the question: How do you deal with creative exhaustion? I just knew author Lee Battersby would provide exactly the kind of answer I’d relate to. Excelsior!   I’m constantly creatively exhausted, even though I may not look it at …

Blog Briefs: On Burnout, with Matthew Cheney

In which a bunch of authors & editors are invited to answer the question: How do you deal with creative exhaustion? Matthew Cheney is, frankly, brilliant. And I would say that even if he didn’t peddle guns. I stop being creative. I do the dishes, clean the house, grade students’ papers. …

Blog Briefs: On Burnout, with Karen Miller

In which a bunch of authors & editors are invited to answer the question: How do you deal with creative exhaustion?   Karen Miller is one of those inspiring examples of success that makes you really, truly *want* to be a writer. Energetic, open & down-to-earth, Karen’s answer displays her trademark …

Blog Briefs: On Burnout, with Gillian Polack

In which a bunch of authors & editors are invited to answer the question: How do you deal with creative exhaustion? A couple years back Gillian Polack gave me an inspiring task: follow your heart. Well, I’ve summarised our discussion rather relentlessly there, but that’s my number one take-away from a …

Blog Briefs: On Burnout, with Sean Williams

In which a bunch of authors & editors are invited to answer the question: How do you deal with creative exhaustion? I just knew prolific author & all-round good-guy Sean Williams would have something valuable to say about this. Read through to his one-line bio to see why. Today he answers: …

Blog Briefs: On Burnout, with Nicole Murphy

In which a bunch of authors & editors are invited to answer the question: How do you deal with creative exhaustion? Author Nicole Murphy became my hero a few years back. She threw in a career for a chance – just a chance! – at a writing career. It paid off. …