As announced in yesterday’s post, I’ve got kind of a strange announcement and one that comes after a pretty lengthy thought process.
I’m through. I give up. The burnout has won and I’m done with it all.
Wait, sorry, I should clarify that a bit before you alert any Suicide Hotlines….
I’m scaling back on what I do.
Identifying the Problem
Since December (maybe longer) I have pretty much hated everything I’m doing.
I felt like I was dragging myself to the manuscript….seriously, I almost couldn’t face the rewrite of the second book in my new series.
I detested going on social media. Which is nothing terribly new, but I was getting more and more annoyed and down on myself when I’d spend time creating a lovely post only to get crickets.
And then I’d get even more upset with myself when I’d see other people getting dozens of likes and comments on a picture of their half-eaten lunch (or something).
Same with the blog. I spend a fair bit of time crafting my posts, creating graphics, trying to interact with other peoples’ blogs, only to publish my words and….again crickets.
I really f-ing hate crickets.
Again, the frustration level only mounted when I’d see how many likes and comments and wonderful interaction other bloggers get on their posts.
Yes, this is comparison-itis.
And it was getting me really down about every aspect of my work.
I also had the feeling of trying to do too many things: write, edit, participate in promos, create ads, blog, social media, cover creation, blurb writing, ARC Team management, etc etc and on and on with all the stuff we writers are “supposed” to do.
The Problem Manifests
All this was leaving me super scatterbrained.
Frazzled does not even begin to describe it.
Which is why (I think) I was having so much trouble facing my actual writing work (you know, the part where I turn words into fun things to entertain your brain).
And I love writing. Or I used to.
I knew I had to do something to get that feeling back.
Solving the Problem – Out With the Bad (or rather, the pointless)
So, I’m cutting back and basically trying to do a reboot, trying to narrow in on a few things I really want to work on and ditching the rest.
Which means ditching social media for a while. No hardship there since I pretty much hate social media anyway.
It also means ditching the blog.
Which is hard.
Despite the crickets, I do like blogging. I’ve “met” some terrific people who I count as my virtual friends.
But blogging is just leaving me too frustrated lately and generating next to no interaction for the time I put into it.
I’m also cutting out a fair bit of promo stuff just to give myself a solid restart.
Solving the Problem, Part Two – Keeping the Good Stuff
So what AM I doing?
I have a three books in the works already (two in my new series, one stand alone), I have ideas for another two or three stand alone novels, and I have at least four short story ideas pinging around my head like literary pinballs.
But I have been avoiding all of these due to the frazzled brain I’ve been housing in my skull the past few months.
No longer! Even just the small change in mindset of what I’m not going to do and what I am going to do has been insane!
I’ve jumped into the next draft of my current work in progress without the dragging of the heavy chains of resistance. I actually felt good about getting to it.
I also cranked out a draft of a new short story in only a couple hours. Which feels especially amazing since i have not had the gumption to write anything new for months!
And I can’t tell you how good it feels to actually ENJOY, to LOOK FORWARD TO writing again.
The other project I’m working on is a reset of learning some marketing stuff, especially Amazon Ads. I just know if I can get those bastards to work, it would help my overall sales.
In the past I’ve done too much of a scattergun approach to trying out marketing things and I feel like this focus on one thing is exactly what I need to get things off on the right track.
The Problem Solved, Part Three – Keeping in Touch
One other thing I’m keeping up with (and hopefully improving) is my monthly newsletter.
If you do regularly read this blog and want to keep in touch, or if you’r just curious to see how this all plays out, please do sign up for that monthly treasure.
The Timeline of the Solution
So how long will this continue?
I’m planning on “going silent” for at least February and March. February will be spent learning and writing. March will be spent implementing what I’m learning and doing more writing.
Then, I might (or might not) be going on vacation in April, so it could be well into spring before I pop back in.
Unless I cave in and just can’t resist sharing something on here.
Either way, when I get back, the blog may look a little different. I have some ideas on how to make a more consistent blog that’s less about my writing (since no one seems to give a shit) and more about…who knows…kittens? Yes, people like kittens.
Anyway, have a great couple months, do sign up for the newsletter, and I will see you on the flip side!!
LET’S STAY IN TOUCH!
What readers are saying about my latest book, Hoard It All Before…
“I loved it.”
“Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down…it was that good!”
“Light and fanciful with a darn good mystery woven in. What fun!”
“…put together with a great plot and humor to keep you entertained.”
“An enjoyable read…the dragon, Duncan…is such a quirky character.”