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Knowing your limits: Can you say “enough”?


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.

Too much.

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.

Author: Natasha McNeely

I'm a writer, reader, gamer and a dreamer. I love losing myself to thought and considering possibilities. That is how I create my stories and weave the erratic tales into readable ones.

4 thoughts on “Knowing your limits: Can you say “enough”?

  1. I can certainly identify with this. This was my second day back at college where I’m taking nineteen credit hours, I have an editing project due to a friend in a few days which I’m only halfway done with, I’m supposed to be beginning another editing project for my mom in a few days, and tomorrow I have to be up at five am to go to the barn. It’s more than a little overwhelming, and I know that I’ll have to take a step back in a little bit and see if I’ve bitten off more than I can chew.

    • That does sound like a lot to take care of. For me, college started back on Monday and right then, I also had to work three days straight. That, coupled with a flu, and I just crashed.

      I hope you find out if you’re doing too much, and if you are, just take a step back and spread out your projects a bit.

  2. This is a really important thing to recognise and accept. I’m glad you’re looking for ways to balance it out a bit more. After all, if you stress yourself to the point of madness, you won’t get -any- writing done, much less a whole book in six months. šŸ˜‰ Good luck with relaxing and finding what really works for you at this point in your life!


    • Exactly, and that’s essentially what I’ve noticed. I’ve wanted to write amidst all this stress this past two weeks, but as you can see, I’m still stuck at the 885 words I wrote on January 1st.

      Thank you!

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