you’re never going to be ready, but do it anyway.

I have a problem.

I mentioned before the Summer and my mini-hiatus that I was going to self-publish next year, and I’d set out a fairly clear plan to get me there. Of course, there were some wrenches thrown into that plan. I was training for a new position at my job, and there was a lot of wedding prep going on and I just didn’t have the mental energy to spend on writing, or even blogging.

Once I was over that hump, it took me a few weeks to reconnect to my projects after spending some time away from them, and I had a long list of things to get done in September. But I was ready. Motivated. Excited to get back to work. This was going to be the month that I got shit done.

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Unexpected Circumstances and New Plans

Two weeks ago I decided to do some intense catch up on my novel with a 24-in-48 writing marathon. Obviously, that didn’t happen. My Thursday began with a pretty nasty shoulder injury which made lifting my arms to type or do pretty much anything was impossible without a whole lot of pain. I hoped with rest I’d recover in time to make something of my weekend. But I didn’t.

And that was really frustrating.

But that’s what happens. Unexpected things pop up and plans get interrupted. You just have to deal with it.

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You Only Fail When You Stop Trying – The Writer’s Diary

Hello. It’s been a while.

I mentioned in a previous post what a struggle it has been to keep up with a demanding blog schedule on top of writing my book and everything going on in my personal life.

There were no Writer’s Diary posts last month and the reason for that is a simple one – I made next to no progress where my writing was concerned.

April had not been nearly as productive as I’d have liked. And my first thought is automatically one if failure – I failed to be productive. To get work done. To schedule my time more effectively. Which I’m not wrong about. I did fail, where my writing was concerned. But I had other obligations, and I spent a lot more time reading and playing video games. Relaxing. ‘Refilling the Well’ as they say. I’m trying really hard not to focus on the failure part. It’s not easy juggling so many things at once, and I need to allow myself that space to fail and try again, hopefully with a better result. What matters, in the end, is that I keep trying. That I grow as a person, and adapt my methods to suit my skills and needs.

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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.

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How to Prioritize Tasks – The Writer’s Diary

I need to make changes to my process.

Namely, I need to start prioritizing my tasks a little better. Lately, I’ve been creating a weekly to-do list, but I find that I do the items on that list at random, and assume that I’ll have enough time to get them all done. Which, I should be able to if I’m tackling them in the right way.

As it turns out, I’m not.

Unfortunately, not all tasks are equal. Some should just come first, whether you want to do them or not. And sometimes you need to reassess what you consider a priority, especially if it ends up eating more time than it should.

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The Writer’s Diary – 03.10.19

The tea is freshly brewed, the laptop fully charged – it’s time for the first update as a part of my weekly ‘Writer’s Diary’, where we take a closer look at my writing journey.

Every Sunday I’ll be talking about what I’ve been working on, and what my plans are for the following week. Sometime’s I’ll share some of what I’m writing, whether that be characters, worldbuilding or even the occasional excerpt.

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