Ladies and gentlemen, I believe I have found my groove.
This week has been yet another week full of news articles and opinion pieces that need to meet deadlines and specific requirements. Ugh. It’s also been the first week of NaNoWriMo, and because of that I found it hard to balance my time between internship writing, novel writing, and taking care of myself. With all the things I’ve put before myself to accomplish, I’ve been sort of burning the candle at both ends for a few weeks and it’s starting take a toll.
But fear not! For I believe I have finally found my groove.
By “groove” I really just mean a schedule that works well with all I need to get done in a day and leaves me some free time to unwind at the end. When said schedule is followed, my days tend to move smoothly and just groove right along.
Step 1: GamersElixir.com
First things first, I peruse the internet for freebie deals or easy gaming news that appeals to me and post it here. This site is the easiest to work with and has the least amount of requirements for each article. It’s a lot more open, friendly, and I have more freedom to write what I want to right about. Then…
Step 2: Gameskinny.com
I move onto the harder of the two gaming websites contribute to. I have to deliver 5 articles a week for this one and I’m asked to reach a certain view count for each one. Which means I need to do some research and find out what people want to read about in what video game. I don’t just post whatever news or interesting tid-bit I find. For this site I do my homework and the articles usually turn out much more professional. For example, check out my highlights this week where I wrote about celebrity voice actors in video games, new Pokemon events, and new updates for the next Plants vs Zombie video game.
Step 3: Take care of myself
By now the day has worn on a good bit and it’s usually afternoon. At this point I usually take stock of what I’ve accomplished and take a breather from working. I stretch, maybe do some light yoga exercises, juice some veggies and have snack. Basically unplug from work-mode for a bit and let my mind think of random, almost pointless things. Like what ice cream cones in Europe look like.
Step 4: NaNoWriMo
Last but not least I work on my project for NaNoWriMo. In adding a little here and there I think I’ve come up with a title for the story. Extinction. I think it runs well with the themes of the story. I have a trusty little notebook just for the project that is filling up nicely with outlines and notes, and I’ve got what I believe is the first chapter done. But I am ashamed to admit that I am behind schedule.
I’ve discovered this week that I overthink my articles when I write WAY too much. I sit and stare at the opening line for much too long and end up wasting a good amount of time just sitting and thinking about what to write. But this week, in finding my groove, I’m starting to realize when I’m overthinking something too much and can break it down much easier than before. This groove will serve me well…
But now, I’m off to write more. Lots to get done by the end of the month! Click that subscribe button to keep up to date with my groovy stuff!