So. In dealing with burnout I kind of have 2 phases. First phase is, if it’s at all possible, I take a break. An hour, a day. It depends on the project and how i’m feeling. In that time I’d normally be writing I do normal self care tasks (I make sure I’ve eaten, I figure out if I’ve slept enough, take a shower, whatever). If I’ve done all those, I may play a game for a bit, or even do a bit of meditation or light exercise to try and relax. Above all, for at least part of the break, I get the hell away from my computer and writing program. Close the entire project, and give yourself permission to walk away.
Yes, sometimes it ends in berating myself for not meeting my own expectations - try to remind yourself that you have to take care of yourself to write your best. And sometimes that involves taking a break, too.
So once I’ve done that, if I still can’t write anything on the project I’m working on - I try something else. If I was trying to work on something brand new, I skip over to an older project. If I’m fighting with one project I move to another or allow myself to brainstorm on a new one. Sometimes a short while looking at something else is all it takes.
If that doesn’t work I chatter at my writing friends - especially about the project I’m having trouble with. Sometimes I’ll talk my way into a solution, or I’ll run into what is bothering me. OR they’ll have a suggestion or a question that makes me go “oh that’s what’s wrong”. It happens. If you don’t have writer friends a close friend who is willing to listen to you even if they aren’t into writing themselves generally will work - as long as they’re the sort that actually listens and engages in the conversation.
If I’m still stuck at that point, that’s when I start breaking out prompts - nano’s prompt generator, tumblr shared memes. Or I ask one of my writer groups for a prompt.
For me, the most important part when I’m at a block or burn out is getting something written. It doesn’t have to be great. Because getting the words flowing again is the most important part.