I’ve had an oddly productive weekend. I say oddly because I’ve not been able to get this much done in a long time.
I burnt out at the end of November. It wasn’t writer’s burnout from NaNoWriMo , but burn out from life. I keep forgetting that November is a tough month to get through, and December isn’t much better. I have a tendency to overestimate what I can get done during before Christmas. Then I mentally beat myself up because I wasn’t able to Make All The Gifts and Write All The Things that are in my head.
I’ve pulled out of the funk somewhat. I know that I have because I got angry and started doing things again. I’ve written a new beginning for Chaos Wolf and am preparing it for submission. I’ve taken on a copy writing job for a friend’s website and have completed the first two assignments. On the non-writing side, I’ve resumed working on some half-finished knit and crochet projects and cleaned up my Ravelry page.
It could be a psychological bump from it being the new year. I’m aware its easier to make changes and establish new patters around an event versus doing it at a randomly chosen time. I’m also aware that it’s hard to keep momentum going forward, so I’m writing up a loose schedule that I hope gives me enough variety to keep me from getting bored or overwhelmed.
I’m also crediting my newly found motivation to an article on the Huffington Post what I will not be linking to. If you’re a writer, I’m sure you have heard about one I’m talking about. Yes, the one where another author complained how self-publishing was ruining the industry. All I could think about where the friends I have who are self-publishing and putting out products that are equal if not superior to some traditionally published books I’ve read.
I also know the loss of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds hit me hard. It reminded me that while we may think we have all the time in the world, we never know when something may happen. So my goal for 2017 is to keep up the productive streak for as long as I can.