I want to write a blog post today, because I know it’s good for me. The thing is, I’m struggling. Maybe I’m burned out, but it feels like my words have become a hopelessly tangled heap of strings, and every string I pull brings out a whole host of strings I didn’t want to see.
Still somehow alive and kicking, although part of me doesn’t feel like that. But… you know… keeping on keeping on.
As part of that, I decided to take part in the Writer’s Life for Me Tag, and since I got tagged on YouTube, I thought I’d do it as a vlog.
What are your three best pieces of writing advice?
I wish I was kidding, but sadly, I’m not. The first of the month always catches me for some reason, because my brain seems to believe that the first Wednesday for the month must be the third or later. *facepalm*
No idea what I’m talking about?
The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is a monthly bloghop taking place on the first Wednesday of every month. About two hundred writers are part of the IWSG, sharing our doubt, fears, insecurities and encouragement to let everyone else know that actually, they’re not all that alone after all.
You’re more than welcome to join, if you’d like. Click here for more information or to sign up.
Since I’m just going to let that do the talking for me instead of writing again (because I’ve *just* managed to not burst into tears at the thought and writing about it again would open the scab, so to speak), I figured I’d answer this month’s question for those of you who’d rather not see/hear me.
Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?
Sigh. I really hate being late for my own bloghop, but technical difficulties made it impossible for me to post yesterday.
But here I am.
I decided to do a vlog post for the update. So I hope you enjoy it. 🙂
For those of you who would like more information on the Got Goals? Bloghop and to sign up, please click here.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group… A couple of hundred writers from around the blogosphere have signed up to this bloghop, which is hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Then, on the first Wednesday of every month, we share our insecurities and/or encouragements.
I’m stealing a few moments to check in. It’s really busy here on my side, since I’m trying to write 100k words this month and I got three editing and formatting jobs to do.
Not sure what I’m doing right to get all those jobs, but I’m not going to argue with it. I have to say, I’m really glad that I decided to augment my publishing income this way, because I’m actually enjoying it a lot. More than that, spending most of my working hours on this means that I’m really getting paid (and incentivized) to sharpen skills that I can use on my own publishing efforts later.
My major thing this week is to get these jobs done by Friday, because then I have enough money to pay out my Payoneer account, which means my cash flows at least until next month again. Yeah yeah. I know. Business. Bleh.
I realize the need for balance, though. I can’t keep writing so much that I don’t actually check in on my social networks. (I know. I’m TERRIBLE.) I can’t freelance so much that I can’t actually write. There has to be a way to make everything fit in.
So now I’m giving myself regular breaks on editing gigs. Usually, I have a tendency to sit down and power through the entire manuscripts in as close to one sitting as possible. I just get lost in what I’m doing, so I don’t realize that I haven’t moved in four straight hours.
Which is a terrible thing. Very bad for my health. So.
Now I have a timer running. I set it for 30 minutes to an hour, and stop, move around, blog, check in on twitter etc for a short while before starting again.
That way, I also get to refresh my mind, which I imagine will only serve me even better for getting frequent rests than it does without them.
I’m also hoping that giving myself frequent short breaks will keep me from being too tired once I get around to writing. I don’t like pushing through exhaustion too much. It’s too risky, because if I burn out, it’ll be months before I can write, and I’ve given myself an official(ish) deadline for Book 3.
Luckily for me, writing is feeling like fun at the moment, which means my brain isn’t picking up that it’s actually a hell of a lot of work. Unless I’m tired.
So it’s much better not to tire myself out. I’m way more productive that way.
How are you doing? Any tips for me to stay balanced?
Well. I’ve been wanting to put my social networking stuff into a regular schedule, starting on 1 January and keeping to it as consistently as possible.
I lasted until 5 January.
Terrible, I know.
I have a really good excuse, though.
I’ve started working on Book 3 of The War of Six Crowns again, and boy did I hit my stride. I even wrote a whopping 10k words on January 5th. Which means for the first time in my life, I really feel like I can make and cross 100k words in one month. (Less, actually, given that I’ve only started writing on the 5th.)
Crazy, I know, but I really want to see if I can do it. Preferably without burning out.
My strategy was to write as much as I could for the past few days, and see if I could catch up to par for 50k (since I started late.)
It went so well that I’m on par for 75k words. In fact, I’m a day ahead. Which means I only need 6k words to get on par for 100k.
After that, it’s 5k a day. Which I might actually make quite easily, given how the words just keep coming at the moment.
That said, I don’t want to crash either.
So I’m going to write today’s 6k words in 30 minute sprints, followed by 15 minute rest periods, to see how that goes.
Hopefully it works out. Cause it’ll be awesome to have Book 3 done.
How are you doing? Anyone want to sprint with me? I’m using #100kchase on Twitter to call my sprints, if you want to keep me company.