Post-Writing Blues

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Some writers feel what they call the "writing blues" after pouring their heart and soul into a writing project. Having...


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What Is Post-Writing Blues?

You did it! You finished writing your book and a huge weight has been lifted off your shoulders. So, why do you feel … down? Post-writing blues, which is also referred to as post-creation depression, can creep in at the end of a long creative journey. All creative types—writers, singers, dancers, artists, clothing designers, and more—can feel the negative downturn that may come after pouring your heart and soul into a project. Even Kasey Musgraves, a famous country music artist, has said she’s dealt with it.

So, do you have the post-writing blues?

Defining the Post-Writing Blues

Feelings of exhaustion, lack of enthusiasm, anger, annoyance, overall moodiness, and self-doubt that may show up after you complete either writing your manuscript or publishing your book are signs of the post-writing blues.

For many writers, the simple thought of no longer having to devote hundreds of hours to their piece of writing is enough to spark it. 

How to Cope With the Post-Writing Blues

The most important step you can take is to be aware of your feelings and any mood shifts you may experience. If you notice continued feelings of the blues, you may be in the thick of post-writing depression. Try to ward off these feelings by:

  • Starting a new writing project
  • Spending time with family or friends
  • Learning a new hobby
  • Reading a book in a new genre
  • Developing a regular exercise routine



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Erika Bennett has been a freelance editor for nearly half a decade. Before joining the Xulon team in 2010, she worked with several first time authors who wanted to test the waters of self-publishing. Her aim is to make sure great books find their way into readers' hands.

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