Dealing with a Heavy Schedule – The Writer’s Diary

Last week I discussed tackling my to-do list a little better by prioritizing my tasks. And it worked – at least for a couple of days. It quickly became apparent that prioritizing helped me get things done, but I may have misjudged how long it would take to do them. By Thursday I had fallen behind and was feeling frustrated and overwhelmed, and that just spelt bad things for the end of the week.

As it currently stands I try to post an article every Monday, a worldbuilding post every other Wednesday, a listicle every Friday and a little writing update on Sunday. This means I have three to four articles that I have to write, edit and post in a single week on top of my other writing. I suspected when I set the schedule that it would be a bit too much, but I wanted to give it a shot anyway and see if I couldn’t work out a process that would allow me to keep up.

This is part of the reason why my Friday Five didn’t go up a couple days ago. Admittedly, time and stress were not the only reasons why it got pushed aside. I’m pretty liberal with my content on this blog right now, but as I wrote it I knew I was going in a direction that wasn’t going to work. So I pulled back and decided not to post it. But I didn’t have another Friday Five ready to go up since I tend to write my blog posts as they come up on my schedule. This is definitely a contributing factor, but I’ll come back to that.

I’m a stickler for this sort of thing, so I was frustrated that I had not only fallen behind but it meant I couldn’t finish in time either. Its been a struggle to keep up with such a demanding blog schedule on top of everything else. If it’s taught me anything it’s that I really need to start working in bulk, and get these posts done well in advance. Maybe I’ll start by dedicating one week a month strictly for blog posts. I’ve started a new bullet journal so hopefully, I can work out some spreads or a schedule that will help keep me on track.

For now, I’m going to continue to tweak my tasks and my work habits to see if I can’t figure out something that will work for me before I give up completely. After all, life isn’t going to be kind enough to throw me just as much as I can handle. And if you give up too quickly, you’ll struggle to commit to anything. I said I would try this, and I’m going to do my best.

What I’m Working On

The primary issue I have with such a heavy blog schedule is that it’s been another rough week for writing. This blog has really taken a much bigger part in my life than I expected it to initially. And I love working on it, I really do, but storytelling is my passion, and it gets a little frustrating when I don’t have the time or energy to put towards it because the blog is eating it all up.

And the short story I’ve been working on has not gone well. With so much coming up next month, I can’t waste any more time working on it. Especially when I’m struggling so much with the best way to write it. So I’ve shelved it for now.

What’s Up Next

There’s only a week left in March, so before Camp NaNo starts I need to get my outline for Peculiar Casebook finished, and I’d like to have character bios and setting descriptions ready to go. If I get that done in time I will definitely start writing it, too.

I also need to sort out my revision plan for Wolves of the Far North, since I start that on April 1st! It might seem a little weird to have a plan for revisions but the draft is something of a hot mess, and I’ve never done a revision for such a large manuscript before. It’s a process that’s going to take me several months, so it makes sense that I go into it with some idea of what I’m doing, no?

Let Me Know What You’ve Been Working on!

That’s how my week went, and now I want to hear from you! What have you been working on in the past week? What do you hope to finish in the next seven days? Let me know in the comments down below!

Author: Alyssa Flynn

Alyssa is a writer of fantasy and sci-fi, a certified geek, and a blogger over at Alyssa Lost in Space. She is currently writing her first novel which she plans to self-publish in Fall 2020.

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