I started out very strong this year. By the end of February, I finished a novel that I had poured my heart into for years. It was a big moment. HUGE.
Around the same time I had been laid off from my job, yet in the beginning I thought, "I doubt I'll be out more than a couple of months. I have nothing to worry about."
Well now I'm worried.
It's now July and it's the five month mark. I've had very few job prospects and despite my good resume and stellar academic record - few opportunities are coming my way.
It's also getting to my writing and general creative energy. It may not look like it because I've been blogging up a storm (thank goodness for scheduling posts in advance). But this week I've had barely the energy to blog. If it wasn't for obligations I've promised people, I doubt I would be blogging as faithfully as I am now.
I'm not where I thought I would be. By this point, I thought I would have my second draft typed. Now I'd be surprised if I made it to my end of the year goal.
I'm frustrated. I'm worried about my job situation. I'm just stressed OUT.
What do you do when you're extremely stressed? Right now it's a struggle to write everyday. I'm so worried about not having a job that to do anything else feels like it's taking me away from my job search. I know some writer's will say to not let the stress get to me. That this is a great learning period and to find a way to muster up the energy to write anyways.
And I do try.
But really I'm just stressed. I want a job. I want a stable schedule to rely upon. A regular paycheck.
How do you handle stress and writing goals?