Thursday 9th September 2021 

Today was a bit of a burnout day.  I knew today would probably be the most difficult of all these few weeks of promoting video content, the reasoning being that I don’t need to produce a new video tomorrow for Saturday. 

I got a lot done but I let several things slide.  I did a video for tomorrow but I know giving myself a bit more time will allow me to script and better film future videos.  After today I change Write Productively down to once a week.  That was always the plan for the very reason that I knew that I’d start to burnout otherwise. 

But, I did less social media promotion of today’s video.  I suppose it’ll give me an early indication whether my views are coming from organic or social.  I also dropped a lot of other writing to ensure I had the energy for The First Draft.  Still got a few thousand words out.

This is proving an interesting project.  Everything is amplified by having a public audience.  So it’s given me an elevated sense of the anxiety and doubt I feel when starting a new project.  There’s part of me that feels it’s not good enough and I should do something else.  I’m suffering a little imposter syndrome.  I’m having to remind myself that I can write (I have emails from people in the big 5 in publishing who say that) and that doubts are very natural. 

The biggest challenge with The First Draft is that it leaves you very naked.  However, I think for all that fear it will ultimately make me a better writer. 

So what did I do with my little free time I clawed back today?  I discovered that the Fortnite season ends on Sunday and because my computer exploded, I’ve hardly played it.  So there’s now a mad dash to try and get my battle pass complete before Sunday evening.  I’d hoped I was a lot higher than the level 25 I was.  I’m honestly not sure if I’ll be able to do it, but I did manage to use quests to get me to level 37.  That’s only 12 levels and I need another 63.  Is it me or is this season harder? 

Tomorrow I have a big meeting which will eat up my morning, but if I get time before The First Draft stream, I’m going to dip in and out, targeting specific quests.  Let’s see if I can get to 50 tomorrow. 

I’m already thinking ahead to the weekend where I’m going to be focused on 1) Fortnite  2) Coming up with and properly scripting the first weekly Write Productively  3) Writing projects. 

Next week should see me with a big more time to focus on writing as the social media promotion  for Write Productively can be spread out over the week.  I still have a week of doing The First Draft every day. 

Then the plan is that I’ll have videos out twice a week, one Write Productively and one The First Draft.  I’ll space them out so they are evenly spaced throughout the week.  Then the long haul begins. 

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