When there’s too much on your plate | Gtl writing tips

Starting a blog is easy. Just think of an idea, put it in writing and then publish.

Writing a book is even easier. Same concept but it gets more complicated when it comes to publishing.

What about YouTube?

My daily life consists of me trying to convince myself that I am great at multitasking and starting a new project when I know I already have enough. My brain seems to think that I am some kind of superhero that can do all the things that I really can’t manage all at once. For example, starting another blog, or starting a YouTube channel, and writing ten novels all at the same time, and learning a new language!

This is what most of last year consisted of.

It took me a while to figure out that I had too much on my plate and that a few had to go.

As a creative, I find it very difficult to stay idle. My brain likes to keep busy (although my Tumblr addiction can say otherwise), learn new things and just not rest. Which is the reason for today’s blog.

Being creative is hard. It’s very difficult to try to force your brain to stop doing what it does best. Which is to think, to come up with new ideas, to create. So instead of working you brain overtime and doing so many things that you get both physically and mentally exhausted, here’s what I did to release some mental pressure and to get myself more creative in the new year.

Priority check.

Since it was pretty obvious that the many things that I was doing were making it hard for me to improve what I liked. I started neglecting what I actually loved. My writing started to feel terrible and my blogging started lagging.

So what I did was think really hard about what I saw as a priority. What what the most important for me and what wasn’t. So I put the idea of being a YouTuber aside and decided to concentrate on my writing.

Now, the only worries I have are about what I should be posting on my blog and whether or not I should be killing a character. I just realised that I am much less stressed out now about making everything work out online because I am not trying to do everything all at once.

I think that later on I will start a YouTube channel, but right now I will be improving my writing skills and writing high quality blogs.

Do what has to be done.

And that is planning.

I will be dead honest, I hate planning. I hate having to sit down and thinking about the future when I can be thinking about now.

Scribbling, erasing, screaming, researching, repeat. That is my process for writing. Both my stories and my blogs.

Researching is the worst, especially since Google never has what I am looking for when I am looking for it. And the library is too far away and the sun is scorching! So yeah, the researching part is what drains me more than anything. But I do it anyways.

I jot my ideas down and try to make sense of what was in my head. I use about ten percent of the ideas that I write down, but that doesn’t matter. I’ll put the ideas away and then later on I’ll find one of the other ideas to be useful.

I know it’s daunting.

Turning your ideas into art. Trying to prove to people that you love what you do and what you do is what you want.
Writing blogs for me is scary because there are times when they don’t receive the reaction that I had expected. The number of people that saw the post are way less than I had anticipated. That brings me down when I feel the most motivated, but I still don’t stop. I tell myself that someday someone will realise how hard I am trying and all this doubt will disappear.

Facing your fears and showing the world (even just your family) what you love can be difficult. The process to find out what you really enjoy doing can be just as difficult. So remember to never give up.

If you like doing more than one thing at once, just like me, and it is exhausting you then try to follow these simple steps to improving what you love and achieving all of your goals.

If you can manage doing many things at once without stressing, then I applaud you.

 

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