Was it DOOMED from the start—Writing 2 Novels at the Same Time ?

I can tell you straight on, it was.

It was a good idea at the time. I wanted to do so many things during that month: I wanted to complete at least a draft at the end of April. I wanted to hurry up and finish the book I’ve been working for 4 years, and get it to the hands of beta readers FASSST! I wanted so much to be a little closer to my goal—to be a published author.

But did I ask my body whether I could handle it?

I thought I could. Honestly, I had hope.

Burnout came too quickly.

And then, you know what happened to the plan, I don’t have to explain here. I guess you already know.

Arghhhh, the pain!!!

I didn’t touch the story for weeks after that. I tried to kickstart the motivation to write for several weeks before Eid Mubarak, but of course it didn’t take off. I’m guessing it could have been part of the novel too. Maybe the story wasn’t not strong enough to make me excited to go back and work on it. I had been worrying about that too recently.

Then I remembered what I always say over on my Instagram….

And…

~ And that was what I did.

I switched my routine whilst taking a break. I turned to ART. Art was and still is my therapy.

Artwork Pieces I’ve done in April-May:

Participated in the Spring Creativity Challenge Art Prompt: Nest
Did a DTIYS challenge hosted by Katie Mai
Did a painting for Easter Day!
Participated in the Spring Creativity Challenge Prompt: Cherry Blossoms
Did a DTIYS challenge hosted by colourlime
We Stand With Ukraine

I made mostly digital art and when I felt like it, I did some traditional art (just for fun) as well. I’m still not good at it but I had been having fun just experimenting with different mediums.

I had been so focused with my art that I didn’t have anytime to work on the 2 novels I had planned to finish that month. So that went out the window quickly. 😅

Well it’s okay. I’ll just work on whenever I want to. I need to learn not to put so much pressure on myself. It’s just 2 books. If I cannot work on 2 books at the same time, so what? There are plenty of months to do so.

In the meantime, I’ll just work on ONE project, and if I ever get tired of that, I’ll do some worldbuilding for Project The Glass Kingdom. There are some remaining subplots I don’t know how to write yet. And I want to gather as much info as I can so that I’ll be fully ready to write the 2nd draft.

So let’s hear about your month! Anything exciting happened?

That is all for now. Alex is signing out!

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