So Many WIPs, So Little Time

Greetings, denizens of the blogosphere. It’s ya girl, back for another week of prompts! It’s funny, week in and week out we spend our days stitching words together and trying to tell our stories and stay sane. The prompts keep me limber, but sometimes they spark new worlds that I want to explore despite already having so many worlds being built. And sometimes ideas come to me in dreams that the muse wants me to work on right away. It just never ends.

I often complain that having a full-time job really eats into my writing time and how much writing I would get done if only I didn’t have bills to pay. My dream schedule would be to get up in the morning, hit the gym, write for a few hours, have lunch, read for a bit, maybe write some more, cook a nice meal, and spend the evening relaxing with my husband and reading some more. I don’t get to read nearly as much as I would like or as much as I need.

If I’m being honest with myself, though, I don’t know if I’d really get any more writing done than I already do now. In 30 years, I’ve never been great at “time management” and I’m not sure how freeing up 50 hours in my week would really change that. I guess I do already sort of treat the blog like a part time job, carving out time in the day to work on the prompts and posts. I’ve been mostly successful at keeping to my own set schedules, but I feel like a failure every time I miss an update.

I’m trying to structure my time better, and value my personal time higher. I’ve done a decent job of drawing that line that with my actual paid job, but I also need to do it with the blog. I need to accept that I’ll never make progress on my novels or other WIPs if I’m only making time for them on weekends that may or may not be free anyway. Hence, the drop to 3 prompts a week from 5.

Of course, the next step is to actually work on those other projects on my “nights off” from the blog. I need to structure those better. Like, “Mondays are for The Stars Favored Son, Thursdays are for Todd Squad, and Saturdays are for fanfiction” or “this week is Leo and Kita week, next week is Al and Matty and Lee, etc.” I dunno yet. The muse is a fickle mistress, and she’s been more elusive since I stopped drinking every night. Trying to get her to come for tea and chocolate instead so I can still sleep but it’s been a struggle to figure out which WIP to work on a given night to the point where I don’t end up working on anything. Which is exactly the opposite of what I want to do.

Anyway, I’ll figure something out. Get some writing done on those nights come hell or high water. On the other nights, you’ll have these prompts to look forward to!

361. If you were going to design a pizza after yourself, what would be on it and what would each of those ingredients represent?
362. What do you consider to be a beautiful disaster and why?
363. What is most virtuous about you?

What a weird prompt that first one is. Well, guess I’ll have to come up with an answer for it. Now I want pizza. Oh well.

Hope you’ve had a great weekend! I went out and saw Weathering With You with friends this morning and it was so fun! And it snowed last night, so I spent the evening starting a new WIP and giving myself fodder for this update! I will never learn. Have a great Monday!

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