Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Stress and Writing

This one will be brief, I swear. I've got too much to do still. I was pretty much a failure at writing this week. I have been under a ton of stress lately with things that are completely life related, and I discovered I have a much harder time writing when my stress level is high. Not impossible, just not as easy or fun. So I didn't write this week until today. Ok, wait, that's not true- I did maybe five hundred rough words sometime earlier this week. I can't even remember when.

 But today, I knew I had to get this chapter knocked out, since I do have a deadline. I sat down and wrote a total of about 3500, bringing me closer to my weekly goal of 4k. The problem is that it is yet unedited, and I know I will probably wind up cutting 1k or so words from it. I guess we'll see on Sunday how it went. The real disappointment for me was that I ddin't get in as many actual writing days as I would like. Word count is one thing, but I envy writers who have established writing days. I think it would make me more productive, but most importantly, I think it would make me feel like more of a professional. This week has just been a real disappointment with my goals, because to me, sneaking in a very fast 3500 rought draft just isn't a good foundation to build a career on. So here's hoping the rest of the week goes better! How about everyone else? How did you do this week?

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  1. I would also love to have a schedule and go to my job for a certain amount of time on certain days. It would help and I'd feel more professional and "real" too.

    Guess we're going to have to look into renting offices away from home. :)

    I hope your stressin' goes away, my friend!

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    1. Thanks, Stace! An office away from home would be wonderrrful. Who knows... maybe it will happen one day!

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  2. Try some just you personal time. Take 5 even to reflect it has always helped me to fogus

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    1. Good advice. Wish I was better at carving out "me" time!

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  3. I think if I didn't have my full time job, I would be good at setting aside a certain time for writing. But, unfortunately, I have to write when I can. Stress from other parts of our lives definitely can have an impact on writing. I wonder if it would help if you thought of your writing time as a way to "escape" from the stress of life and go into a different world for awhile. Kind of like how we do when we read. Just a thought.

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    1. That's such an awesome idea, I don't know why I didn't think of it. When did writing become a chore instead of an escape, I wonder? I'm going to try and reclaim that.

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  4. Stress kills my writing as well. Last summer, when I had so many family things come up, I pretty much ditched writing.
    Deadlines are hard, whether personal or professional, because when something happens and you have a deadline on top of it, you tend to stress out more.
    Forgive yourself and move on. One week out of ROW isn't going to break you.

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    1. That's the beauty of the ROW, I suppose!

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  5. Oh sweetie, sorry to hear that! Hope the stress levels go down for you!

    Hugs,

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    1. Thank you, dear! It always does. Eventually. Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later!

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