Before I drown your eyes in text again, I’d like to make a quick apology for the lateness of this post. I had something lined up for Monday; but then I had a conversation with someone that made me think there might be an even better topic to talk about. Today, I’d like to share that very topic with you: that of burning out.
Roleplay can be an intense emotional experience! We become vested in our characters and the lives they live – entwined so deeply with the lives of those characters around them. Sometimes, to the point that we begin to empathize with our own creations! When our character feels happy, sad, angry – it might get to the point that we begin to share those emotions. This is both one of the qualities that makes roleplay such an engaging thing – to truly live vicariously through fantasies developed by not only our own imaginations; but of those around us… and the very same quality that can make it so taxing!
Eventually, we’ll begin to drift – to slowly lose interest in what may well be our favorite leisure activity. This is okay! This is our brain telling us that it’s time to recharge. Burnout isn’t something to be feared and avoided, I like to think – but a natural part of the process that we can embrace and make the most of. How you choose to work with it is entirely up to you – you might decide to pick up a new character for a while; and let the vested ones sit on the backburner for a little while. This is a time for reflection, for new ideas – and if you can find something that excites you; then go for it! Try something different!
If not, then it’s perfectly fine to take a step back from RP altogether for a while. You might only need a few days; a week – or you might need much longer! The longest break I ever took spanned two years! But boy, was I itching for some good RP by the time I wandered back in. Just be sure to communicate with your RP partners – let them know what you’re feeling, and how you intend to settle it. Whatever it takes to let you relax with a clean state of mind – being mired in worry when you intend to recharge is counterproductive! As is dragging it out and hoping the burnout will simply disappear if you continue to RP.
Relax; do whatever, with however much time, you feel you need. Some “time off” is much less troublesome than losing your desire altogether.
What kinds of experience have you had with burnout? Share your stories below!
Burned out of burnout,