Catching up

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Hiya Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing. First, I’d like to apologize for not posting the Fav Friday item last week. Overwhelmed with the day job and home issues, I’m back on track today. So I’d like to give you a two for one deal this morning.

What would have been my Fav Friday item is my subscription to The Writer Magazine. I love this magazine for its straightforward advice about the work of writing. Not only does it provide info on various genres and forms of writing, but it is also offers exercises to boost creativity and get you writing. I’ve had my subscription for a year, but purchased individual magazines here and there up until I found I was getting it more often.

Now, the editorial. Ever find yourself so overwhelmed that you have to take a break in order to catch up? That was me in the last week. I found myself having to deal with one task at a time until completion. This was hard for me because I’m used to multi-tasking regularly.

But, I just could not seem to catch up with myself. I felt like I was rushing through everything and still not getting anything done. So, I took a break from writing and even reading about writing. I’ve been focusing so much on learning the craft and using writer-speak all the time, that I forgot everything else.

In order for writing to have life and be found credible by the reader, you need to feed it. How do you feed your writing? Live your life. As simple as that sounds, it isn’t. You’d think that I’d be able to do that since I have so much on my plate. Only trouble was my plate was too heavy and I couldn’t focus on anything except the weight and pressure coming from it.

The good thing is that I recognize that. Another good thing, the plate has gotten a bit lighter. I’ve made decisions, completed tasks and have decided to take time to relax away from the day job. By taking small steps, Freshman Writers, I’ve found that I’ve got a much more positive outlook. I feel like I can accomplish goals.

So Freshman Writers, what do you do to catch up when you’ve fallen behind? What advice/tips would you like to share with other writers? What works for you?

Happy Writing!

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2 thoughts on “Catching up

  1. I’m glad you’ve got things sorted out a bit Heiddi. You definitely sounded stressed last week!

    I know what you’re feeling: scrambling to find work, finishing articles due, keeping up with blogs, taking care of my little ones, and doing all that other “life maintenance” stuff that has to be dealt with is exhausting. At this point, I don’t try to “catch up” when I fall behind. I just accept the fact that I have to let some things go. It’s disappointing but makes for a slightly less crazy life!

    You’re absolutely right that you feed writing by living your life. My writing definitely suffers when that’s all I do. So, my advice to the overwhelmed is to find some time for you, even if it’s just a few minutes at Starbucks to sip a Chai Tea Latte (which is what I’m about to do right now!)

  2. Hi Barbara,

    Thanks so much for visiting. A Chai Tea Latte sounds yummy. I’m catching up, thank goodness. My load was lightened at work (kudos to the boss) and I’m letting go as you wrote. I had underlying feelings fueling the stress, which made it worse. But, I worked through much of my negative feelings over the weekend. Felt like I moved like a sloth, but I felt better. I’m just physically worn out. Been going to bed earlier and took a couple of days off this week to run a few errands and chill out. 🙂 That and spending time with friends and kiddo helped a great deal. I continue to take one step at a time and have started reading a new book. Trashy romance novel. LOVE IT! Great writing and story is awesome. Come back soon and thanks for visiting!

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