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*
I did finish my WIP, and I today, I want to talk more about it…
Some things I thought after finishing:
- 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!!
- 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…
- 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∩`)°｡
- 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??
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…( ´•̥×•̥` )
- 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…
Then, I realised: I’ve actually written a blog post on what to do in this kind of situation!
(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!
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!