Breaking the Author – Week Seven

It’s Sunday, February 21st, 2016, and it’s time for another update!

The past week of my writerly productivity has been mildly depressing. I had a list of things to achieve, as per usual, and I did almost none of them.

  • Maintain the blog with a weekly update, an editorial, and a story post.
  • Complete Shapes 1 Line Edits
  • Write Shapes 2 Part 3
  • Write the opening part to a collaborative story game that begins in March.
  • Find cover art for Shapes 1
  • Begin Gridfall read and broad fixes before deep editing phases.
  • Get my writer resumé in a little bit more order and submit applications to a couple of places that I know are looking for writers.

So I managed to do the resumé bit, the blog, and writing Shapes 2 Part 3 for this coming Tuesday’s story post. The rest I have let languish and I’m trying not to take it too hard because I need the break.

Part of my writer life suffering is because I was recently rededicated to my management position at work, that I have been trying to get out of for the past seven months. I made the decision to step down from management, we were taking steps toward it at work, and then everything changed and now they need me to stay on as a project manager for the foreseeable future.

I’m disappointed that I have to continue doing it, but I’m also going to, in the short to mid term, do it to the best of my ability. And part of that is dedicating all my mental energy to that first, and writing gets whatever’s left. So I come home from work and I’m mentally exhausted and I just can’t make myself do the writer work to any significant degree.

I will get back to it, but in the meantime my writerly goals are going to be smaller.

For the coming week I will be attempting to do the following:

  • Write Shapes 2 Part 4 for next week’s post.
  • Write the opening part to a collaborative story game beginning in March.
  • Continue plugging away at Shapes 1 line edits.
  • Maintain the blog.


As always, follow me on Facebook and Twitter with #breakingauthor. Keep on striving for those goals.

And always remember to write the hell on!

One thought on “Breaking the Author – Week Seven

  1. Well I think you should cut yourself some slack. One day at a time. You deserve a break. Your writing will thank you for the break to refresh yourself!

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