On Finishing A WIP For The Longest Time, Ever.

Hullo, world!

I am finally back and logged into the blogosphere after a month+ hitout. I was actually hoping to come back on the last week of May for the afternoon tea post but ended up not being able to…(I know, I still have not found the right work-balance thing now that I have work on Saturdays.) If you remember me from May, I decided on a hitout to finish a WIP…given I haven’t finished one in like, two or three years. So, the big question is, did I finish my WIP?? *the suspense builds*

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YES!! 

I did finish my WIP, and I today, I want to talk more about it…

>> Read more about Osthauptstadt here

My Thoughts?

Some things I thought after finishing:

  1. It was easier than I thought??

Obviously, I had to be intentional about the time I make to write, where I was going, and maintain my inspiration throughout the little time I had to write. I also wrote in a cafe for one of the writing sessions, which was fun! I also fully inducted Notion into my writing life, and it has been a lifesaver. I used Rebecca’s Notion templates for setting up my WIPs. I am head over heels in love with Notion and don’t know how I functioned without it…I know, I really should try to get out of this plannerholic cycle, but plans and journals and notions spark so much joy inside me!!

  1. Didn’t feel like a great accomplishment…

This is kind of my honest reflection. Although I know I should be happy that I did, indeed, finish a WIP for the longest time, ever, somehow I don’t feel like I’ve done something great. Rather, it feels like something I should have done earlier and I finally got down to it…

  1. Trying to rush into another shiny new idea ™

Yes, you heard that right. As soon as I finished Osthauptstadt draft 0.5, I was already thinking of a new WIP to work on. I have a stack of WIPs I want to work on this year, some half-baked, some more-than-half-baked than the others, but I desperately wanted to not lose my writing steam. If you follow my email list, I started the month with a rather bold claim, “I will continue working and finish one more WIP by the end of June!”

Which, by the way, is totally not happening. *hides in a corner* 。°(´∩ω∩`)°。

  1. Feeling burnt out

I started out the month hopeful and thinking I could finish another WIP. After all, I just finished one. How hard could finishing another one be??

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Well. Any author/writer on the block can probably tell you about it. Also, for some strange reason, this week has been a tough one for me. Versus the first week of this month where I was like, “I can do anything”, this week was just…not that great. And, when things are like that, it’s usually a sign I should slow down…( ´•̥ו̥` )

  1. What is wrong with me???

Although this is kind of what I’m thinking right now. I finished a major WIP, I’ve been enjoying my new job, and I’ve been doing some of the bucket list things to do during summer. Technically, things are going well…

Now What?

Then, I realised: I’ve actually written a blog post on what to do in this kind of situation!

>> AH: 5 Steps to Recharge After A Major WIP

(And if you’re in similar shoes as mine, do take a moment to read through it; it’s quite useful, I promise.)

Now that I’ve poured myself another cup of tea and taken a breath, here are some things I’m planning to do:

  • Will take it slow, definitely.

So, obviously, I won’t be breaking my back trying to finish another WIP. 

  • Will follow my advice…

I’ll be reading some books I love and take this month to fill up my well of inspiration!

  • Probably follow the intense writing month -> rest month -> intense writing month routine from now on…

Earlier in the year, I was planning to have a WIP focus each month and slowly work through them. Yet, now I realise I need a more relaxed writing schedule to balance writing and life. ꒰◍ᐡᐤᐡ◍꒱

  • Take it slow (take 2)

I probably sound like a broken record by now, but really, take it slow! 

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And that’s it for today. 

Thank you for reading this post! How is your June going so far? What are some of your WIPs? Do you have a way of taking a break after you finish a WIP? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below; I’d love to chat with you!

10 thoughts on “ On Finishing A WIP For The Longest Time, Ever.

  1. Well, I basically have four WIPS: each at different stages

    1. Tale of the Cattail Forest- the main WIP and at draft 7 (closest to being finished)
    2. Lizzy the Lizard (in middle of 1st draft) and it is a picture book
    3. Greatest Discovery (brainstorming and development stage)
    4. Ayra’s Story (yes, at brainstorming and development stage, but not far in it); plus my expansive world idea

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    • They all sound very fascinating (not to mention familiar, since I think we’ve talked about them before)!! It’s so cool you’re writing a picture book. I feel like a picture book takes a different set of skills from writing a novel…

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  2. S.J. welcome back!! 😀 I am so so happy to see you’ve returned!
    Congratulations on finishing your WIP! That’s amazing and you really should be proud of yourself! 💛
    I am sorry that you have been feeling burnt out, tho. 😦 I really hope you can rest and relax this month. The longer, and more, I write, the more I see importance in going slow, and learning how to have patience and grace for oneself throughout the whole process. 💛
    Thank you so much for linking to those notion templates. I just got Notion, and have been feeling rather lost in how to make it work, so templates are greatly appreciated! xD
    I’m so glad you are back from hiatus and proud of you for finishing your WIP!!

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    • I’m so glad to be back, too!! 😆 I’m doing my best to feel proud of my accomplishments, and I think that it’s slowly working?? 😅 Thank you so much for your kind comments 🥹 It really is good to be back on here.
      And YES, Notion!! I’ll probably be doing another post soon (this month or the next) on how I’ve been using Notion, so hopefully, that will be helpful to you as well!!
      Thank you for reading 🙂

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  3. I can relate so much to this post. I think it’s normal-ish to feel sort of anti-climactic after finishing a project, because I’ve often felt that. But, I think it’s also a reminder for us to celebrate the little steps along the way. And to try and view each accomplishment as just another stepping stone in our journey.
    Anyway, thanks for sharing! It’s good to have you back! 🙂

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  4. Congratulations on finishing, SJ!! That is such a big acomplishment ❤ Also, welcome back! I love the idea of filling up your well of inspiration with books and shows that inspire you – that's something I'll have to try once this WIP gets drafted, hopefully by the end of the month! I've seen those Notion templated before and used them for a little bit on previous books before switching most of my stuff to Scrivener. I'd still like to get back to using it, so thank you for the links!

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