Hello, my fellow writers and readers! I hope you are all having a safe and industrious writing day (or night).
Firstly, I’d just like to quickly thank all my new readers as I have had a few over the last week! Thank you for joining me on my writing journey and for giving me your time. And while I am there, I’d like to also thank my current readers who stick with me while I navigate the ups and downs of being a writer. I am sure millions of blogs are out there just like mine, so I am very grateful that you chose my blog out of the millions.
I was thinking about a topic for this post when it dawned on me that I had been struggling with my writing this past week and that it might help to write about why.
I discussed writing for Vocal and starting a brand new account on their platform in a previous post. I have only written one article, and it has had only a few reads so far. But that isn’t the important thing. Not at all. The important thing is that I took the next step to get my writing noticed and read. Sometimes taking one step to improve can be a huge job for a writer. It is always a challenge for me as I try to manage my own expectations and anxiety around this. If you feel anxious whenever you’re taking the next step in improving yourself as a writer, you’re doing the right thing. And that isn’t coming from me; that’s something that Steven Pressfield talks about in his book The War of Art, which I read recently.
The next step doesn’t have to be a big one. It just has to be a step. It can be as challenging as you want it to be, but you must step forward. And that segue’s nicely into timing your writing so you can continue to move forward.
I have been struggling this week, as I mentioned. But most of that is my own doing because I am the type of writer that always takes on way too much and bites off more than I can chew. It’s something I have always done ever since I was a kid. I don’t know why I do this. I’ve wanted to find that answer for some time. I can analyse myself, but I doubt that would help.
I put it down to expectations both of myself and others. So what does any of this have to do with writing and timing? Well, when I have too much to do rather than too little, I am just as challenged as I was when I had nothing to write.
I currently have one TV show review to write on my writing plate and two movie reviews for another site. Next to that, I have three blogs I try to maintain regularly. And I have my journal, which I update daily. And lastly, I started a new account on a writing platform, and I’ve only written one article. This is all a little too much. This is why time is so important.
When I feel like I don’t have enough time to write, my anxiety always kicks in. I start to feel irritable. I feel my entire body change gear. If it’s awful, I start to sweat and can’t sit still. These are all signs that I’ve over-stretched myself, and I am suffering because of it.
I know it seems silly to do this to myself. So that is why I came up with a schedule for my blog writing to anticipate this happening. But that isn’t working for me. So timing when you write is crucial if you want to meet the goals you have set for yourself.
The answer to avoiding this happening is really up to you. I can tell you my problems and hope that you will relate to what I have experienced on some small level. But I won’t always have answers for you because I don’t always have answers for myself.
But I have pushed back on at least one of those articles, and I aim to finish the vocal articles tomorrow. Sometimes you need to push back if you’re getting too cluttered or anxious. And if you are the type of writer who writes to a schedule and you stick to it, I applaud you. I tried that approach, and well, it doesn’t look like that worked very well for me. So I need to think about this a little more until I do have something that works.
You can write as often as you like or as little as you like. The choice is always yours. But I suffer when I don’t write a lot more than when writing or writing too often. Once I manage my time for writing, I will improve as a writer and a person because I will have more time for other things. Writing is my primary goal – it is the thing that keeps me whole. I know you can relate to that, or you wouldn’t be reading this.
So now it is question time – what do you do with your writing time? Do you write on the fly, or do you have set times you put aside for writing? Please let me know as I am keen to gather insights into what my readers do and how.