A few weeks ago I set myself the challenge of writing everyday and posting my work on the blog. Firstly, I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has read one of my pieces, it means the world to me!
I’m so proud of what I’ve achieved so far. A few of the pieces have taken me out of my comfort zone and I’ve really enjoyed writing in different genres. I’ve also found the inspiration to start or carry on with a few long term projects and most importantly, I’ve been getting into a routine of writing – which is fantastic and exactly what I wanted from this challenge.
I recently gave myself the weekend off from writing. A lot of advice you see for writers tells you to keep writing, you should always be writing, or editing, or reading, but I was feeling completely burnt out after some busy weeks at the 9-5 and I’m not going to lie, I was exhausted. As well as my full time job, I’ve been training for a half marathon, trying to keep up my yoga practice, desperately trying to make time for people I love (one of my big goals this year) and then on top of that, trying to complete these writing prompts every day.
The weekend off has really helped me to step back from the challenge and think about my end goals with the writing. As much as I’ve loved following the prompts, one of the disadvantages I’ve found is that it has taken me away entirely from some of the bigger projects I want to work on. I’m trying to edit and rewrite two fantasy novels where I’ve completed the first drafts, one is about 100,000 words and the other is about 50,000 words. I’ve now also committed to writing the first draft of my Science Fiction collaboration for Camp NaNoWriMo in April 2017.
So, I’ve decided that I’m going to keep writing with the prompts, but I’m not going to be completing them daily, instead I’ll use them every couple of days to keep my inspiration up, they are also a great way to work on technique and style. On the days in between, I’ll be editing and rewriting for my larger projects, I also need to work on some character bios and world building for the Science Fiction project.
This does mean I’ll be posting less, but I’ll try to post as often as possible, even if it is just paragraph from one of the bigger projects.
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