I played football, basketball, track, and baseball so I am no stranger to physical fatigue. I have been forced to run until my legs felt like jelly, my sides burned like they were on fire, and my previous meal exited my body the same way it had entered. Now why am I telling you this wonderfully appetizing fact? It is because I want to establish that I have experience in getting my butt kicked physically so when I tell you that mental & creative fatigue is worse, you will believe me.
My current job creates a lot of mental fatigue and at the end of the day I feel worthless. When you are physically tired you can take a long bath, wrap up in a cool blanket, or sink deep into a fluffy bed to get comfort. Not so much when you are mentally tired. Having mental fatigue means that you are literally tired of thinking and that is not something you can easily take a break from especially if you have responsibilities.
With that said, creative fatigue is the absolute worse for me. Whether reading, watching a movie/TV, or simply staring out a window the creative spark I have in my head keeps me going. Even if I am not writing having that creative spark allows me to get inspiration from the most random things and I can file those ideas into my writing bank to withdraw the next time I get a chance to write. Yet when I have creative fatigue that spark is gone and with it everything seems to take on a couple more shades of grey. With that little bit of magic gone things don’t have the same impact and it is like sleepwalking.
I have been accused of much worse then being crazy so what do you all think? Is it possible to have creative fatigue? Have you had it? And more importantly is there a way to re-energize or rest your creative mind without a long nights sleep?