This week has involved a bit more balancing of a number of projects, but I think I’ve managed it successfully.
Novel: Anna’s Home Front
This is still with the Editor, so I’m taking the time away from this to allow me to then go back to it with fresh eyes and spot things I couldn’t when I was too close to the project.
I’m about half way through a first rough draft of this now. And although the week started well with this project – I was actually ahead on my word goals at the beginning; the end of this week has seen me fall down again on this.
I think this is due to the large work project I’ve been working on and trying to balance everything on that alongside this project.
But, I’m hoping to catch up this weekend a little and get back on track with it.
I’m also trying not to examine the fact that the one project I set a deadline for, is the one project I’m falling behind on. Is this my inner rebellious side coming out? Hmm maybe…
I’m really happy with how the blogging is going at the moment. I’m producing loads of new content on both my sites and have some great ideas to continue this towards the future.
This is starting to bring in traffic to both my new sites – this site and STWriter.co.uk, which is a really great start for these brand new sites.
I definitely think that the success of this blogging is the scheduling I’ve set up and the plan I’ve put in place with regular slots each week for particular topics or types of posts.
This has really allowed me to focus each week on which post topic should be written first and has given me some great ideas for things to write about, especially on the content and copywriting site, where I can really get into details about various different aspects of writing copy, content and marketing.
I’d say the only thing I am finding difficult to manage is the big goals I’ve set myself for reading. Now, I love reading in all forms and could sit for days on end just curled up with a book. However, when there’s children, one of which is only two, and work commitments, it’s very hard to keep up with all the reading I want to do.
I have a whole host of books on my kindle to read. A great pile of about fifteen or more non fiction books relating to writing, editing, marketing, etc and an equally large pile of fiction books to read too.
I’ll have to brush up on my university speed reading techniques, to get through these.
I still haven’t managed to get to the stage in my non-fiction book where I can turn my attention to the second book in the Home Front series. So the outline and beginning for this hasn’t been started yet. I would like to begin this as soon as possible and am keen to get on and get moving with it. Again, time and other commitments are an issue.
Time, Stress and Self-Defeating Attitudes
I’m adding this in this week because I’m at a stage this week where, if I don’t check myself I will very easily start to stress over the things I haven’t managed to achieve yet.
For some reason I can tend to be defeatist when I don’t achieve my writing goals, but my new resolution for this year is to just take things as they come and deal with problems, without getting stressed, panicked or defeatist about issues.
Because there are a few things I’ve not achieved this week (it doesn’t matter that the reasons were genuine and I actually had a lot of other work on) I do tend to still feel like I’ve failed. However, I am not allowing this to creep in this week and am determined to continue with a working through each day and each week attitude that seems to have worked so successfully at getting me organised and on track this year so far.
So, off for a well earned day off now, looking forward to next week and seeing what each day brings, as it comes…