Stress outside of writing is what makes writing difficult for me. Work has been a huge source of stress since my supervisor retired in March and I took on a lot of the work he did. Months went by and, though I wrote, I didn’t get far on any one thing. Then, one day a couple of weeks ago, I thought I was finally getting the hang of it. I realized work wasn’t on my mind all day every day. I felt my desire to write return. Everything was going to be OK!
So, what does this genius do? Accidentally volunteers to train the new guy on the systems I work with. Stress went through the roof!
I got through the introductory session all right. And that evening, I went home, read, and tried to tell myself the worst of it was over. Time to move on. Tomorrow, write!
Then tomorrow came.
And, due to my own stupidity and neglect, I had a flat tire on the way to work. (Do you see a pattern? Do you see how I just LOVE to create my own stress?)
No problem. I’ll just work from home today. I work from home 3 out of 5 days a week anyway.
Then I got home.
And we had no internet.
We had no internet for 3 days and only a 2 seat car to take me to work and our son to school. And I wasn’t going to have my car back soon because they had to order the tires in because I have to own a car with specially sized tires no tire shop carries.
Guys. I was so stressed out.
Anyway. Now it’s Monday and we’re going to take the car in to get the tires changed and everything is going to be OK, but I lost a lot of writing time while stressing out.
On the upside, I have a road map for Guild of Tears. I know where I’m going, I just need to start writing to find out how I get there. The rough draft of episode 2 is done. I think I know how episode 3 is going to start but I’m struggling with POV.
To be honest, I’m glad all of this is happening now before I started posting. Because as soon as I start my posting schedule, I don’t want to fail to post on that schedule.
The plan is still to finish at least 3 episodes before I start posting. I’m 2/3 of the way there! I hope to put a decent amount of time toward writing this week but I got my copy of Dance of Thieves last night and I’m already 1/3 of the way through it. It’s so good! I’m going to have to finish it soon.
I thought since it’s going to be a couple more weeks before I decide when I’m going to start posting, that I’d ask you all if there is anything you all would like to know about the project or my process or anything in the meantime? Also, what’s been stressing you out? How are you getting through it?
Thanks for reading and being patient. You guys are the best!