Things were going okay until they weren’t.
Work has been crazy, and I have been struggling to feel even remotely creative.
We tend to play video games as a family, and some of that game time crept into my writing time as it was easier to consume creative content than to produce it.
Still, all in, I am on track for the year, but only because I worked ahead earlier in the year.
I am halfway through Prince Thomas and Mage Purple Class Claudia’s story. Finishing it in November is my goal. I hope to make it, but work will only get busier. I have a huge deadline on November 15th, and a “drop dead” date on December 19th. I am marching to those orders now.
We all know stress kill creativity, but with so many other things going on at work, it is absolutely overwhelming right now.
I also need to tackle a series of promotion stuff I tend to be less enthusiastic about doing. I need to set aside some time to just do it, and I am hoping that will happen late in December. Work will not quiet down until next April, so I have to figure out a way to push through this. I also need to start a lot of the bits of publishing a Knight’s Redemption ahead of time so it doesn’t derail me like publishing Knight of Valor did this year.
Yes, I finished my December goal. It was a rewrite I worked on while I was delayed with Knight of Valor.
As I am reviewing this year’s goals, the one thing I have to admit is revising take a lot more time than I would like.
Once I complete Thomas and Claudia’s story, I will have written three first drafts this year. But I was only able to publish one book.
As I take a look at next year’s goals, I think I need to reduce my number of first drafts to two. I wanted to publish three books per year, but the editing time doesn’t permit that with my other obligations. Perhaps if I only write two in a year, I can then have the time to do all the edits on them so I can release two in a year.
Something to ponder.
I do enjoy the thrill of crafting a story fresh. It’s one of the best and most exciting parts of writing.
But there is also something gratifying about a final draft.
Given how goal oriented I am with my day job right now, might not be the best of times to make such decisions.