What’s wrong with me…I don’t want to read?

I cannot think of anything to write or say today.  While all my co-conspirators at LHP are waxing poetically on War in Narnia, what to do about “romantic” stalkers, and food to write by, I am stuck.  Stuck, thinking of things that I’d like to say but not knowing how to say them.  This is not writer’s block.  This is something different.  This is Literary Burnout.

I get this about once a year and normally it hits just at the right time – the end of the school year.  After an entire year of thinking and reading intellectual books and writing papers on said books, I get completely drained.

Here are some signs of Literary Burnout:

  • Listlessness while reading your favorite book
  • You find yourself thinking about your papers and realizing that you forgot to mention something important…this will cause you tear up a bit
  • You have a million ideas to write but the thought of turning your computer on or even picking up a pen makes you shudder
  • You find yourself staring at your bookshelves with no desire to read any thing
  • You only want to sleep
  • No amount of coffee will entice you into productivity

For some of the more serious symptoms like staring at your bookshelf and not liking coffee, I recommend you get professional help right away, which would be going to talk to your favorite professor or going to a coffee shop with your favorite book and ordering your favorite drink, no matter how expensive it is.  (And if you don’t have a favorite book, you should check out Stars Through the Clouds.) This should cure you of some of your listlessness.

However, I still do not have immediate solutions for some of the other problems of Literary Burnout.  Time normally takes way the pain and weariness away, but by the time Time has solved the literary burnout, I don’t have time to write or read anymore. I suppose that is the academics/readers/writers eternal problem.

So good readers and writers and academics, I ask you for help.  I plead for guidance.  Save me from this listless madness of Literary Burnout: give me some solutions! (and then you won’t have to read terrible posts like this one)


7 thoughts on “What’s wrong with me…I don’t want to read?

    1. Thanks Chris! I am hoping that within the next week or so my muse will come out of hiding and my literary burnout will come to an end! 🙂

  1. I just found this article today. Maybe it will give you some ideas! 7 Unusual Psychological Techniques to Boost Creativity – spring.org.uk/2010/03/boost-creativity-7-unusual-psychological-techniques.php

    1. Thanks for the link. They had some really interesting and helpful tips. I suppose I need to start reading Kafka again. 🙂

  2. My advice: take a long walk, preferably a short backpacking trip, without books but with nature. When you get back, you will have more to write and the doldrums of motivation will be behind you. At least, it works for me.

  3. A big AMEN to Gandalf’s comment and a smaller amen to going out for your favorite drink (nonalcoholic) WITH good company—-head for the White Hart NOW!!!!!!!!

    1. Yes…I’d love to go to the White Hart, but alas I have plans tonight. However, tomorrow I plan on spending the majority of the afternoon sitting out side of Baine’s Books & Coffee in Appomattox enjoying the nice weather and good reading and some of the best coffee in the area!

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