Again, I fell behind on blogs. Between my birthday this past Saturday, getting struck by a flu, and college and work starting back up again, I’ve had my work cut out for me.
I’ve been stressed, trying to push myself too hard. Work and college together is a challenge in and of itself. Adding my writing to that increases the challenge – especially once you consider that I intended to double my writing speed compared to how it was in 2011.
I can feel myself crashing and it’s not worth it. I have to take a few step backs and manage my time. Between work, college, and writing, I also need time for myself. Pushing myself to write two books and edit two books each year is madness. Maybe one day, but now, it is too much.
I’m cutting it in half. I have a year to write Mercy of The Forbidden and a year to edit Tales of The Forbidden. Maybe I’ll try to finish the editing sooner, but it depends on how life treats me. I can’t push myself – not as hard as I’ve tried. Two weeks into 2012 and I’m already crushed, forcing myself to do things I’m not capable of.
Perhaps that’s part of the reason my blogging has been absent and irregular.
One of the most important things is to know how far you can push yourself before you hit your breaking point. Leave space between what you’re doing and that point; too much stress can ruin a person.
I’ve panicked from falling behind on my writing. It’s only the second week of the new year – 2012. What reason do I have to have such a breakdown so soon?
It took my parents mentioning that they think I’m overworking myself for it to sink in, and for me to change it. Make sure you step back and take a look before you push yourself too hard.
- Why is starting your novel a problem? (natashamcneely.wordpress.com)