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I know what you're feeling right now... Chances are good, if you clicked on this title, you're confused, frustrated, overwhelmed... maybe even angry. Not because I know something about you personally. Not because I'm spying on you, or I've re-programmed your Alexa or Siri to dictate your conversations to me and keep them on my hard drive. No. I know what you're feeling, I know what you're feeling right now... Chances are good, if you clicked on this title, you're confused, frustrated, overwhelmed... maybe even angry. Not because I know something about you personally. Not because I'm spying on you, or I've re-programmed your Alexa or Siri to dictate your conversations to me and keep them on my hard drive. No. I know what you're feeling, because it's the same thing we're all feeling right now. How do I know this? Because I have coached thousands of writers. Six- and seven-figure authors, major award winners, midlisters, and new authors alike. And there are patterns to what writers think and feel about our careers and our books. Those patterns are why I'm here, writing to you.  If you are overwhelmed, tired, frustrated with your career or your sales... if you're stuck or stalled... come and join me inside these pages, and we'll talk about why. Why is key. We've got this. It's tackle-able. Let's get you out of this pit. - Becca


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I know what you're feeling right now... Chances are good, if you clicked on this title, you're confused, frustrated, overwhelmed... maybe even angry. Not because I know something about you personally. Not because I'm spying on you, or I've re-programmed your Alexa or Siri to dictate your conversations to me and keep them on my hard drive. No. I know what you're feeling, I know what you're feeling right now... Chances are good, if you clicked on this title, you're confused, frustrated, overwhelmed... maybe even angry. Not because I know something about you personally. Not because I'm spying on you, or I've re-programmed your Alexa or Siri to dictate your conversations to me and keep them on my hard drive. No. I know what you're feeling, because it's the same thing we're all feeling right now. How do I know this? Because I have coached thousands of writers. Six- and seven-figure authors, major award winners, midlisters, and new authors alike. And there are patterns to what writers think and feel about our careers and our books. Those patterns are why I'm here, writing to you.  If you are overwhelmed, tired, frustrated with your career or your sales... if you're stuck or stalled... come and join me inside these pages, and we'll talk about why. Why is key. We've got this. It's tackle-able. Let's get you out of this pit. - Becca

30 review for Dear Writer, Are You In Burnout?

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Raye Harris

    I love Becca's books! Perfect for writers!! I am not in burnout, and I hope to never get there by following this great advice. I'm focused on earning my energy pennies every day! If you are in burnout, or feel like you're sliding toward it, I highly recommend this book. Writers, we are not all the same! And we can't all do the same things or produce the same amount. It's okay. You be you. Becca gives you the tools you need to make the best decisions for YOU. Highly recommend this book, the Dear I love Becca's books! Perfect for writers!! I am not in burnout, and I hope to never get there by following this great advice. I'm focused on earning my energy pennies every day! If you are in burnout, or feel like you're sliding toward it, I highly recommend this book. Writers, we are not all the same! And we can't all do the same things or produce the same amount. It's okay. You be you. Becca gives you the tools you need to make the best decisions for YOU. Highly recommend this book, the Dear Writer You Need to Quit book, and the entire Quitcast on YouTube. Full disclosure, I'm in one of the Quitcast videos talking about my Learner strength. But the videos are free, so head on over and have a look: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqcM...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Suz Jay

    “And if you’ve ever felt that feeling—the one where you couldn’t even produce a word of fiction if you sat down for eight hours—you know the despair of that. Day after day, sitting down, nothing comes out. That’s what burnout feels like.” I’m a big fan of Becca Syme’s “Write Better-Faster” and “Strengths for Writers” programs. Learning my top strengths and how to best harness them, along with coaching sessions with her has been a game changer for me. Before reading this book, I listened to her ex “And if you’ve ever felt that feeling—the one where you couldn’t even produce a word of fiction if you sat down for eight hours—you know the despair of that. Day after day, sitting down, nothing comes out. That’s what burnout feels like.” I’m a big fan of Becca Syme’s “Write Better-Faster” and “Strengths for Writers” programs. Learning my top strengths and how to best harness them, along with coaching sessions with her has been a game changer for me. Before reading this book, I listened to her excellent YouTube series on burnout, which I highly recommend. (Links are provided in the book or are easily found via an internet search.) This book is a great companion to that information. I’ve experienced burnout both in my former career in and as a fiction writer. Having Becca break down the burnout process (fulcrum point, slide, and pit) and explain how to manage the recovery process of building a ladder by refilling our “energy penny reserves” and learning to honor our “plate size” provides hope. She shares stories of clients who battled burnout and references her own experiences with burnout. I related to the concept of having a “phantom plate” where we place the myriad things we feel we should be doing. My phantom plate overflowth. Becca reminds us of our similarities and differences and how they relate to burnout and recovery, for example, different things fill different people’s creative stores. The information in this book is enlightening and practical. I look forward to Becca’s next installment in her “Dear Writer” series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Regan

    Essential stuff in this one. All writers should check this out.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    Re-read Review: I felt like I could use a refresher of what was in this book after I've been through some busy and difficult times and it was great to re-read this. I felt like I picked up different pieces than the first times and certain parts resonated more with me now compared to the first read through. It definitely helped to re-read it and get everything fresh in my head again. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone, whether you're a writer or not, this book has some invaluable i Re-read Review: I felt like I could use a refresher of what was in this book after I've been through some busy and difficult times and it was great to re-read this. I felt like I picked up different pieces than the first times and certain parts resonated more with me now compared to the first read through. It definitely helped to re-read it and get everything fresh in my head again. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone, whether you're a writer or not, this book has some invaluable information about burnout, energy pennies, plate size and how to deal with work pressure and bussy-ness. Original Review: After reading Dear Writer, You Need to Quit it wasn't long before I picked up the second book in this series. Dear Writer, Are You In Burnout is just as good as the first book. There's something about this these books that just resonates with me. They are so well written and I like how inspirational and motivational they are even though they address some hard topics. While it's marketed for writers I think it really has some universal wisdom that is applicable to everyone no matter what you do. Earlier this year I hit a major slump where I had trouble getting anything done, I had the suspicion it might've been a burnout and this book only furthered that idea as I really recognized some of the things the author described about a burnout. Reading this book also brought in perspective what had caused it and it really gave me insight into the whole process and also why what I am doing differently now is hopefully helping. This book does a great job explaining the whole process of burnout in a way that just makes sense somehow. The metaphors with the energy pennies and plate size really helped to explain the whole process to me and gives a great insight in how the whole thing works. And just like in the previous books I love how she emphasizes how everyone is different. Not everyone gets energy pennies from the same things and not everyone has the same plate size, that's just how it works. Somehow it's just very freeing and accepting to hear this. In a sense I think I knew this, but it's just not the same as hearing someone else acknowledge it too. With the pace the publishing industry in general nowadays where it seems to focus on producing more content and faster, I really think this book is an important read. It explains the process of burnout well and after reading this book I had a better understanding of the whole burnout process and also what you can do to prevent it or to recover faster. I think it's a must read for everyone who might be on the road to burnout or even those who have been there. Just like with book 1 I got through this one very fast, I just wanted to read more and understand more of this whole process. The writing style is very pleasant and I enjoyed reading it. I enjoy learning more about things like this, so yes even thought it's a hard read at times it's also enjoyable. And very insightful. It really makes you think about things, in a good way. To summarize: Another awesome read! These books really resonate with me somehow. The way the author explains the whole process and the metaphors she uses just make sense and it was really insightful and gave me a better understanding of the whole burnout process. I think no matter your profession there's information in this book you can use and I would definitely recommend it to everyone. The writing style is pleasant and it's such an informative read. I like the accepting tone of the book, the motivational vibe and the message that everyone is different. I quite enjoyed reading it and while it's strange to say this with a non-fiction book, but I can't wait for book 3 in this series. I want more of the type of information that I found in this series so far.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Vona Stewart

    I found this book by googling "writers burnout, writers motivation." I wasn't familiar with the author's youtube channel or her courses. Her penny theory is great. It's a lot like the spoon theory in the chronic illness community. She describes the way we get to burnout in a very digestible way. We approach the fulcrum, we hit the slide, and then we reach that 'rock bottom' place at the bottom of a deep pit. At the bottom of the deep pit we must change the inertia of the things that got us there I found this book by googling "writers burnout, writers motivation." I wasn't familiar with the author's youtube channel or her courses. Her penny theory is great. It's a lot like the spoon theory in the chronic illness community. She describes the way we get to burnout in a very digestible way. We approach the fulcrum, we hit the slide, and then we reach that 'rock bottom' place at the bottom of a deep pit. At the bottom of the deep pit we must change the inertia of the things that got us there (deadlines, preorders, etc.) before we can even begin to think about recovery. The pit forces us to sleep and rest and do all the self care things that generally fall by the wayside when we're trying to crush a deadline. Only after we rest and gather more spoons (or pennies) can we begin to build a ladder out. And the ladder part isn't simple either, you can backslide, or you can spend a long time on the top rung, not sure if you are capable of getting back into the swing of things yet. I've been at the bottom of the pit for about two months. I am in the early stages of figuring out how to build that first rung, and part of that might require me cancelling my preorder for book two... or at least accepting that it is a real possibility, before I can even begin to move forward. I've already delayed the preorder twice (Amazon is currently allowing two preorder delays without penalty due to covid-19). I believe I'm out of chances now. If I can't make the new preorder date of July 13, I'll have to cancel & face the loss of preorder privileges for a year. I have a lot of shame in failing, but I'm realizing more and more that the indie refrain to publish quickly isn't for me. I can write a book very quickly (90K words in one month is absolutely no problem for me), but I edit and revise slowly. Like, molasses level slow. Like multiple YEARS slow. I've known this about myself (and it was a big reason I agonized over taking the trad pub contracts I was offered), but I think I still held out hope that I could figure it out. That I could still maybe release every three months, or every six months... still faster than trad pub, but slower than some of those machine indies who turn out a new book every month. Can't do it. I can't sacrifice quality for speed, even when I know that a high percentage of readers won't notice or won't care about all the little details I agonize over. The preorder has been a very heavy mental burden. I've learned a lot of things about myself. I can't list a preorder until I know the book is ready. There is just no way I can 'estimate' a launch date when I'm still in the middle of revisions. Anyway. Rambling here, but I appreciated this book. It helped me feel seen & validated a lot of what I was already working through.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    I heard Becca Syme speak at the 2019 NINC conference, and won this book during the session. It was a very easy read, probably about a 4.5 rating, and certainly made me think about my own professional life at this point in time. I would recommend it for writers who have been in the business (particularly the indie business) for a while and, even if they don't think they're actually burning out, are worried about the competing demands of writing and marketing and advertising and social media and i I heard Becca Syme speak at the 2019 NINC conference, and won this book during the session. It was a very easy read, probably about a 4.5 rating, and certainly made me think about my own professional life at this point in time. I would recommend it for writers who have been in the business (particularly the indie business) for a while and, even if they don't think they're actually burning out, are worried about the competing demands of writing and marketing and advertising and social media and interacting with readers and and and . . . there has to come a point for all of us where we re-assess what we're doing and start longing for the simplicity of the early days when all we had to do was try to write a decent book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Cornish

    This book answered so many questions for me! As someone who entered burnout while working in the public accounting industry, I have to say, "This book isn't just for writers!" Regardless of how you burned out, you'll learn why it happened, what you can do to feel better, and how you can prevent it from happening again. So many strange things in my life suddenly make sense after reading this book. Burnout is no joke. Be gentle with yourself, but most of all, treat yourself to this book! Becca know This book answered so many questions for me! As someone who entered burnout while working in the public accounting industry, I have to say, "This book isn't just for writers!" Regardless of how you burned out, you'll learn why it happened, what you can do to feel better, and how you can prevent it from happening again. So many strange things in my life suddenly make sense after reading this book. Burnout is no joke. Be gentle with yourself, but most of all, treat yourself to this book! Becca knows her stuff, and while the topic is very serious, she makes you feel like everything will be okay.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    It’s hard to describe this book because I learned so much but all of it I recognized as being true from my experiences. So in some ways it wasn’t new information but more like I connected everything I knew in a new way so I understood what had happened to me before and what is happening to me now regarding burn out. Sorry, that is a long way to say that I highly recommend this book to anyone that struggles with feeling like they should be able to do it all with no effort and then are frustrated It’s hard to describe this book because I learned so much but all of it I recognized as being true from my experiences. So in some ways it wasn’t new information but more like I connected everything I knew in a new way so I understood what had happened to me before and what is happening to me now regarding burn out. Sorry, that is a long way to say that I highly recommend this book to anyone that struggles with feeling like they should be able to do it all with no effort and then are frustrated when that doesn’t happen. I’m going to take the information I learned and make some small but meaningful changes. Thank you

  9. 5 out of 5

    The CurvyJones

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I’m definitely in burnout. I’m tired, man.

  10. 5 out of 5

    A.M.

    I joined her Patreon at just the right time, as she gave away ebooks of all her previous titles on the release of the latest in this series. Yay. Recently found a new podcast and they talked about this book: [https://writeawaypodcast.com/episode-... Becca has her own way of describing things, but she explains each of the metaphors she uses pretty clearly. She is an author and a writing coach who uses the Gallup Strengths test, and she seems to be the name everyone is talking about at the moment. Fo I joined her Patreon at just the right time, as she gave away ebooks of all her previous titles on the release of the latest in this series. Yay. Recently found a new podcast and they talked about this book: [https://writeawaypodcast.com/episode-... Becca has her own way of describing things, but she explains each of the metaphors she uses pretty clearly. She is an author and a writing coach who uses the Gallup Strengths test, and she seems to be the name everyone is talking about at the moment. For me, some of the things I have learnt have been revelatory. omg, I do that, and it's okay. By trying to help writers not burn out, I am trying to keep the whole industry from killing all of us. We have to live in a more conscious, more aware way, if we want to survive and thrive as a community. (Kindle Locations 125-126). Changing habits takes MORE than a month to achieve, no matter what all those habit people say. I specialize in adult behavioral change. Trust me. It’s not 30 days. I have clients who have been consistently working on one core personality trait for years and they still occasionally struggle with the “going back” to the old river because the gravity of that neural net is so powerful. Don’t expect yourself to change a core habit or a core personality in 30 days. (Kindle Locations 613-615). The phantom plate is a big one for me: Instead of releasing the expectation that you can “do it all”, you build yourself a phantom plate that you’re always holding over your head, with all of the things that you “should” be doing and are not. This is in addition to the plate of things you’re actually doing. But you keep shifting things up to this phantom plate when you just don’t have time to do them. You feel the weight of these expectations in a special way, because they are the things you can never manage to put directly onto your plate, but you know, deep down inside, that “good writers” or “good women” or “good men” or “good people” do these things. (Kindle Locations 852-857). All those 'I should' things. Oh, yeah. 4 stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    S. Gregory

    This is another one of those books I wish I would have read at a much younger age. I've spent entire years in burnout mode not realizing what it was or admitting to myself that anything was wrong. I now know more than ever that it's important to take breaks and rest. As artists we cannot constantly be expected to create/produce work without giving ourselves time to absorb new experiences and give our brain a break. I would highly recommend this book to all creatives. Learn to rest not to quit. This is another one of those books I wish I would have read at a much younger age. I've spent entire years in burnout mode not realizing what it was or admitting to myself that anything was wrong. I now know more than ever that it's important to take breaks and rest. As artists we cannot constantly be expected to create/produce work without giving ourselves time to absorb new experiences and give our brain a break. I would highly recommend this book to all creatives. Learn to rest not to quit.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Byrd

    I procrastinated finishing this book because, well, burnout. But I felt like I needed that final push to get out of the pit. Finishing this book is helping me to understand that I can't control everything in my life, but what I can control is making more pennies. Thanks, Becca. I needed this. I procrastinated finishing this book because, well, burnout. But I felt like I needed that final push to get out of the pit. Finishing this book is helping me to understand that I can't control everything in my life, but what I can control is making more pennies. Thanks, Becca. I needed this.

  13. 5 out of 5

    K Greenwalt

    Just what I needed at just the right time This book was exactly what I needed to read at exactly the right time. Somethings I already knew and it was a timely reminder and other portions of the book gave me a new perspective of looking at my situation in a healthy way. Plus an assurance I haven't felt in a long time. I read it in one sitting. I highly recommend it. Just what I needed at just the right time This book was exactly what I needed to read at exactly the right time. Somethings I already knew and it was a timely reminder and other portions of the book gave me a new perspective of looking at my situation in a healthy way. Plus an assurance I haven't felt in a long time. I read it in one sitting. I highly recommend it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jody

    Fantastic, Encouraging, and Incredibly Helpful! The information, knowledge, and wisdom Becca Syme shares in Dear Writer, Are You In Burnout? is some of the best I have ever heard for authors and other creative people. She is clear about ‘one size does not fit all’ and offers an individual approach to recognizing and recovering from burnout. Ms. Syme uses helpful metaphors like “energy pennies”, “plate size”, and the burn out “pit”, and gives solutions on how to recover and/or avoid the dreaded cra Fantastic, Encouraging, and Incredibly Helpful! The information, knowledge, and wisdom Becca Syme shares in Dear Writer, Are You In Burnout? is some of the best I have ever heard for authors and other creative people. She is clear about ‘one size does not fit all’ and offers an individual approach to recognizing and recovering from burnout. Ms. Syme uses helpful metaphors like “energy pennies”, “plate size”, and the burn out “pit”, and gives solutions on how to recover and/or avoid the dreaded crash of burning out. This book complements her YouTube videos perfectly. (If you haven’t checked out her QuitCast videos, you might want to.) I seriously devoured this book and highlighted nearly half of the text. — And I’m not even in burn out — but I have been there, and I hope this book will help ensure that I never return to the burn out “pit” again.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Hughson

    Something has been missing from my writing soul for several months. I tried to press on, but I missed two deadlines and could barely force myself to work through my editor’s line edits. Burnout. Or maybe the slide. This book, and the associated videos on Syme’s QuitCast channel, will help you identify what is contributing to the inability to write the words, keep to the schedule and get things done that used to be “just another day at work” for you. I highly recommend this for writer’s who can’t s Something has been missing from my writing soul for several months. I tried to press on, but I missed two deadlines and could barely force myself to work through my editor’s line edits. Burnout. Or maybe the slide. This book, and the associated videos on Syme’s QuitCast channel, will help you identify what is contributing to the inability to write the words, keep to the schedule and get things done that used to be “just another day at work” for you. I highly recommend this for writer’s who can’t seem to get on track with their writing - or stay on track. You could be suffering from burnout, and Syme shows you the way back from the pit.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kaylin Evans

    I love Becca’s outlook on life and work. This book is very inspirational and a fast read. I just wish it was a little more actionable - I finished it feeling like I’d sat through a very interesting lecture but walked away with only a vague set of directions. Targeted “assignments” at the end of important chapters would have bumped it up to 5 stars for me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Valuable resource This book is like peeking behind the curtain to find the Great Oz manipulating stage craft. Burn out is serious, and what’s *behind* burn-out. It’s not depression. It’s something else. The author explains what it is and how it works.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kyla Gardner

    Yes.

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    JacQueline Vaughn Roe

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  26. 4 out of 5

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  28. 5 out of 5

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  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 4 out of 5

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