014 How to overcome burnout, and discouragement with Erin Young and Karen Ball

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How can authors overcome burnout and discouragement? How can writing be restful and encouraging? These questions and more are what we will be discussing on this episode of the Christian Publishing Show.

Joining me today is:

  • Karen Ball is a best-selling author, professional editor and speaker
  • Erin Taylor Young: an award-winning author, writing teacher, and speaker.

They both host the Write from the Deep Podcast a podcast that encourages, refreshes and equips Christian writers.

Erin, Karin, welcome to the Christian Publishing Show!

  • Why is writing so hard emotionally?
  • Why do authors get burned out?
  • How do authors overcome burnout?
  • Ok, let’s talk briefly about exhaustion. How can authors write from a place of rest?
  • Let’s talk about discouragement. Why is writing so discouraging?
  • How do authors overcome discouragement?
  • What does it mean to write from the deep?

Now you both have a new course on the Christian Writers Institute, tell us about that.


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10 Responses to 014 How to overcome burnout, and discouragement with Erin Young and Karen Ball

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    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser February 26, 2019 at 5:25 am #

    When I get discouraged,
    there’s one thing I recall:
    that I myself have foraged
    for the right to live at all.
    I’ve seen the world at worst,
    and then far worse than that
    and not considered myself cursed
    for dining on fried rat.
    Yes, it takes like chicken
    but that’s not the point, you see.
    there was also interdiction
    of someone shooting back at me.
    So I’ve got no problems, I don’t mind;
    for I DEROS’d, left ’em all behind.

    DEROS – date estimated return from overseas

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      Karen Ball March 1, 2019 at 10:34 am #

      Andrew, you always make me smile.

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    Margo Carmichael February 26, 2019 at 6:19 am #

    Hi, Steve, Thomas, thank you for sharing this.
    I just read the article about men and women feeling undateable. I’m happily married and so are my kids but I see other kids struggling.
    It must be awfully hard today with nobody answering their phones. Everybody has to text and if they don’t get right back to each other, the wait must be unbearable. Or maybe texting is easier, because it’s step by step.
    But I liked it better when people had to answer their phones. If it wasn’t convenient to talk, the called one would say so and arrange to call later. But the human voice was available!
    Another thing is, many people don’t RSVP. I have read that this is the biggest problem expressed to columnists on good manners today. I actually remember when you would mail a wedding invitation without a response card. Now you have to pay for a response card and envelope and then put postage on it!
    People used to pick up their own pretty note paper and answer whether or not they would be there, and they would answer promptly so people could make plans, order food, know what is going on.
    And some things do safely evolve. We type online, and even when we write a note, we don’t always use blue, black, or blue-black ink.
    But in the ‘sixties, people started doing their own thing, as they said. And they cast many manners aside as unnecessary rules to rebel against.
    I think people need to go back to reading etiquette books–not necessarily to learn rigid rules of fish forks, etc., and judge those who pick up the wrong fork, but because it helps people know what is generally expected and understood.
    A common standard of behavior avoids hurt feelings and misunderstandings.
    If young people lack confidence today, I’m sure it’s partly because of the lack of the safe guidelines of the etiquette of the culture.
    Maybe people aren’t sure what to do. Maybe they aren’t sure what other people’s actions mean or how to respond to them.
    I still like a door held for me and I still say thank you. If someone’s arms are full, I hold the door for them.
    Good manners are all about consideration and making other people comfortable. Reminds me of an old poem/hymn that ends, “Others, Lord, yes, others.
    Let this my motto be. Help me to live for others
    That I might live like thee.”
    Easier said than done. But it’s the best guideline, and worth considering in the dating scene, I believe.

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      Karen Ball March 1, 2019 at 10:36 am #

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    Ann Fryer February 26, 2019 at 1:36 pm #

    “Obedience is never wasted.” Love that. Thank you for sharing!!!

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    Cindy Burger February 26, 2019 at 2:47 pm #

    Very well done. So much truth and wisdom in this podcast. Thank you so much!

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      Karen Ball March 1, 2019 at 10:37 am #

      Thank you, Cindy. If you haven’t done so, please check out our podcast at http://www.writefromthedeep.com. Our goal is to encourage and equip writers, so it’s always a blessing when we hear we’ve done so.

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    David Rawlings February 26, 2019 at 9:50 pm #

    Thanks Thomas, Karen and Erin. Great advice on looking after the writer who is looking after the writing.

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    Karen Ball March 1, 2019 at 10:38 am #

    Thanks, David. If we don’t look after our hearts and spirits, we won’t be able to do what God has asked us to do, right? Blessings to you.

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