I am a manic depressive writer so you can imagine my ups and downs. I am on disability from my mental illness and haven’t been working (a real job) for about two years now. Since I’ve been out of work I started plugging away religiously on my freelance writing (short stories and a novella). So far I’ve gotten a few acceptances, o.k. big deal. But lately I feel now since I have a few under my belt I need to produce more and more and more…and well you get it. Usually I write 2 to 3 stories a week, work on them for a few days revising, then send them out for submission. But my problem is lately I have been feeling burnt out from writing itself. And reading for that matter. Ok, ok…yes I have a life…kids (teenage) and yes I am one of those desperate housewives looking for an escape. I escape in my writing. Anyways, I try so many things to keep my juices flowing, I get manic even. Then I plummet down into a drought of depression with NO movitation. How do I keep a healthy balance? I’ve tried to schedule myself, but when I do my writing feels forced. Any ideas as to how to change this?