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Just Give Me A Minute: Sorting Through My Creative Mental Soup

Did you know that there are people in this world who just don’t understand what it is to be a writer? I mean they seriously do not understand the struggle…and the struggle is real, folks!

Not only is it a BIG step to take to decide that you are going to live a little lighter in the finances so that you can give your craft a bit more time, but it also means that you run the risk of mental fatigue. Gimme A Minute

Sure, mental fatigue can happen to anyone, but I tend to think it is more troublesome when it strikes a creative writer.

I have been stricken with mental fatigue this week. Yes, I have managed to write a daily post or two, but they were each a struggle to get through. Even typing this, I feel like my brain is throbbing.

Really I just want to go back to sleep. Alas! That is not possible because my imagination has not stopped nor has it taken the hint. Actually, I think it may be confused as well.

If you are suffering from mental fatigue, don’t beat yourself up. Just take a break, take a week off even if you feel like you are going insane because of it. We all need a good sabbatical, even from our craft.

Honestly my manuscripts have been giving me the evil eye all week…I haven’t touched them, not a single one of them. Its rough I tell you!

Hopefully I will find myself refreshed and ready to go next week. I have GOT to get these projects finished already.

Onward and upward, folks.


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The Founder and Voice of I Came For The Soup/ICFTS Creative Enc. Candice Coates is a Fiction and Non-Fiction Writer, jumping from genres ranging from Speculative Science Fiction and Fantasy to Comedic Clean Read Romance and Suspense, all with touches of her Christian faith. She is a lover of Ireland, languages, tea, and just about anything with pistachios. When not writing she is creating visual art, or new designs for her handmade polymer clay jewelry line, Shizen Brook.


  1. I hear you, and feel exactly what you mean. Living on a tight budget and enduring mental fatigue and lacking anybody to talk about it. Most people don’t understand. Keep positive. Allow yourself time to recoup and then go at it again.

    • Thank you for the encouragement. I think it is worse when family members are looking at you like you have lost your mind. And yet we march on. 🙂 I hope to be back at it come Monday with my blog Novel and other manuscripts but it all depends on how much rest I get over the weekend. I am hopeful.

      • It really is tough when family and friends don’t understand. Thankfully I’ve got friends here, like you, who do understand. 🙂 I hope you’ve been able to rest up so far this weekend, and can get back to the novel and writing with a refreshed spirit!

      • Yes! I totally agree. I love our community of writers! I actually only got 4 hours of sleep last night but I will catch up tonight. 😉

      • Yes only 4 and I intend to. I was blessed with the company of 4 of my nephews this afternoon, 12, 6, 4 and 16 months. We did art, there was some wrestling and banishing of the 16 month old but all things worked out in the end. I am tired of eyes so I plan to get to bed early…well early for me that is 😉

      • Lol They are lovely boys. They will self entertain but you know how it can be, you can’t have your back turned for too long else you will find them rolling around on the floor fighting over markers. The 16 month old is so large (the size of a 3 year old and weighing 32lbs) that when he wants something from the other two who aren’t too much bigger than he is, it becomes a fight, one where you have to remind to other two, “He is a baby even tho he nearly knocked your block off.” lol

      • He is such a beautiful baby with big brown eyes and long curling lashes and rosy cheeks. Just cute! He cracks me up when he tries to talk to Siri on the iphones lol

      • Even better, a beautiful baby tough enough to stand up for himself among all those siblings. 🙂 Curious to see what career he’ll go for once he’s grown up.

      • 🙂 oh who knows. I like him at this age. He unlike my other nephews is willing to cuddle and get kisses. Lol

      • Oh and don’t forget to read the newest chapter before Tuesday! Apparently it’s the funniest one of them all, lol!

      • I definitely will! Planned to do so today but that did happen. I will get caught up tomorrow 😀

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