I write books as a hobby, and last month I had to push that hobby to the side.
The school year was ending, and I spent the first two weeks of June wrapping up loose ends and taking trainings. I was busy, to say the least. The three days that followed were fraught with mental fog, and quite frankly, guilt. I avoided writing at all costs. I looked at my work, and I thought, I could have done more.
I felt guilty for not writing.
I felt guilty for putting my hobby to the side.
On top of that, I made a pretty big deal about writing my books for the last nine months, and I feel like I don’t have a lot to show for it.
I do not want to belittle the important steps I have taken, however tiny those steps were. I do, however, feel like I could have done better.
Yes, I’m proud of the revised chapters and new material. Yes – I’m happy to have made new friends and connected with total strangers over reading and writing. Still, I feel like I need to do more.
So . . . I will do more.
Minutes to a Better Book
A few posts ago, I talked about Minutes to a Better Book. My goal was to dedicate 180 to 300 hours towards writing my books – not my stories, not my blog, but rather, my books.
If I write for three hours every day until August 20th, I will make the 180 mark. The 300 Hours bit makes the challenge far more interesting and incentivizes me to just dedicate my time towards writing books.
What does this mean for Paper Palaces? It means that I will only work on posts after finishing my required writing for the day. This will most likely result in one or two posts per week on the usual topics.
You can read more about the challenge by visiting the challenge page here. Or, you can follow me on Instagram (@curtiswritesbooks), where I post stories about my progress, among other things.
If you feel like dedicating time towards your hobby, let me know. I love knowing that other people are putting hours in towards their passion.
Are you writing to? Do you have a hobby that you’re diving into this summer?