Help for Overwhelmed, Overscheduled, Burned Out Writers!

Filed in Boost Creativity, Productivity and Time Management by on September 3, 2017 • views: 1135

Congratulations to Alexandria and J.P.—you are the giveaway winners!

Today’s demands on writers and other creative artists are overwhelming.

Ever since I started “Writing and Wellness” back in 2014, I’ve heard stories from writers and other creative artists about their number-one difficulty: finding time to write (or create).

I understood their struggle, as I’ve experienced it too. And it’s not getting any easier. Writers have to do more than they ever have before to complete and market their work. Meanwhile, technology is moving at an ever increasing rate, requiring not only that we keep up with the latest changes, but somehow find a way to manage all the demands on our time.

Sensing a sort of epidemic among my peers, I wanted to help, so after teaching classes on productivity and time management, I put my research and experience together in one source that I hope will give writers and other creative artists the helping hand they need to find more balance in their lives.

Overwhelmed Writer Rescue provides practical, personalized solutions to help beginning and experienced writers and other creative artists escape the tyranny of the to-do list to nurture the genius within.

You’ll find ways to boost productivity, improve time management, and restore your sanity while gaining insight into your unique creative nature and what it needs to thrive.

Find out more about the book here. Meanwhile, here’s what readers are saying about it:

I thoroughly recommend the title. I will be revisiting the book many times over the coming weeks and putting the advice and exercises into practice. I was lucky enough to receive a galley copy of “Overwhelmed Writer Rescue,” but having read it I would have bought the book anyway – it’s that good.

~Dave Burnham, horror writer

“I have completed several of the “Time Treasure” exercises at the end of each chapter, and they have been really useful in helping me to, among other things, identify barriers to productivity with my writing and also come up with solutions. Finally, I really appreciated the friendly, conversational tone of the book. Reading it, I felt coached, not preached to.”

~Beth Castrodale, reporter and editor

“What most appealed to me about “Overwhelmed Writer Rescue” was Story’s individualized approach. Quizzes throughout the book help readers examine beliefs, doubts and habits to understand which facets of our personalities undermine our efforts and to learn ways of working with, not against, our natural tendencies. Who knew we have distinct time personalities and motivation styles that can affect our creative efforts? Or that boredom can enhance, not stifle, creativity? Or that making fewer decisions in the course of a day saves creative brain power? Instead of offering generic advice, such as ‘write every day’ or ‘join a writers’ group,’ Story helps readers identify particular practices that best fit particular personalities.”

~Nan Pokerwinsky, science writer and editor

“After reading an advance copy, I realized you don’t have to be a writer to learn from this book how to manage your time. Story points out so many “saboteurs” and the solutions to time management. Thank you, Ms. Story, for throwing us a life ring!”

~Chuck Barrett, bestselling thriller author


Congratulations to Alexandria and J.P.—they each won a free copy of the book. I’ll be in touch with the details. Thank you to everyone who entered!

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  1. This sounds helpful, inspiring, and encouraging. Maybe it will tell me how you get the time to be so amazingly helpful to other writers while remaining productive with your own work. Gratitude to Wonder Woman from just another Overwhelmed Writer.

    • Colleen says:

      I think you’re the wonder woman, Elaine, as caregiving takes it all out of you and you’re still going. I really admire your strength and wish you a bit of relief where you can find it.

  2. Lyn Tudor says:

    There could be no more better time for a book on maintinaing health for people who do creative work. There seems to be a misconception that writing is a leisure activity or hobby. Those that do it full-time freelance have never-ending pressure to produce. Those who write around their “day jobs” feel burned from both ends. And, when we are not writing, we are always thinking about our next lead, potential story, or novel-in-progress. Thanks Coleen for addressing such an important topic!

    • Colleen says:

      Your comment sounds so familiar, Lyn! “Burned from both ends” is so true. Hope you find the book helpful. :O)

  3. Anna says:

    A book launch–what an exciting time! May the book live long and prosper.

  4. PennyH says:

    Sounds like a great topic. It might keep people from overwhelm. I took every minute I could find and make last year…. and burned myself out badly…. so much so I haven’t written but a few paragraphs outside of work. Working full time, taking care of two aging parents – and having to to all of the adult ing that goes with it has left me little time for even sanity this year. Creative, time, and other tips that could help make small moment both more satisfying and effective would be awesome!

    • Colleen says:

      I hear you, Penny. Life can get crazy and I know that feeling of being burned out. If you get a copy of the book I hope you find some helpful tips in there. Meanwhile, good luck finding your way back to the muse!

  5. Darlene says:

    Congratulations and good luck!

  6. Jane says:

    Congratulations on the launch. I am looking forward to Overwhelmed Writer Rescue with the same anticipation I experience for each of your blog posts. Your work is so helpful.

  7. Kathy says:

    Wow! What a great title and it’s just what I need. I try to squeeze in time to write, but daily duties and distractions abound to keep me from fulfilling my greatest desire to write well! I hope to be able to read more from this book. Congratulations on this new book you’ve authored and birthed.

    • Colleen says:

      I think we’re all in the same boat, Kathy—I’m hoping this book helps. Good luck and thank you!

  8. JP McLean says:

    Congratulations, Colleen. All the best with the launch!

  9. Congratulations on the launch of your book Colleen!

  10. Congratulations, and the very best wishes for your book’s launch!

  11. Truly excited about this one, Colleen! I’ll be recommending it to my writers.

    And don’t enter me in the contest. Headed over to buy it on Amazon right now!

  12. Loved the sample chapter I received (Chapter 3)! A book needed in a writer’s arsenal these days. Best wishes for a bestseller! Cheers!

  13. This book sounds interesting! Good luck with your launch.

    • Colleen says:

      Same to you, Ann! Thank you. :O) For the rest of you, Ann has a new release out, “Death of an Assassin.” She’ll be appearing on WW soon to talk about it. :O)

  14. Alexandria says:

    Boy, am I looking forward to reading this! Congrats on the new book, Colleen.

  15. Congratulations on the new release, Colleen. Love the cover. Best of luck and much success.

  16. Lori says:

    After gleaning so much from your website, I am looking forward to even more insights from your book! Thank you for writing it.