Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Insecure Writer Support Group
I have a guilt complex. It's a horrible thing and it's really taking a toll on my ability to work on the fictional projects I enjoy.
I copy write for a living, and while I love my boss. She frustrates me. I have a really hard time telling her no when she wants me to do extra work. Yesterday's a perfect example. I agreed to write seven pages of web content. This was perfect. I'd have plenty of time to do the work, pick up a couple of extra pages that pay better (and more consistently) and also get a 1000 or so words written in my current fiction project.
That was before I got another email begging me to take a set of articles another writer had done but which needed to be rewritten. I should have told her no. I hate rewrites, they don't pay much and they take me three times as long as writing original content, but my boss is good. She didn't have time to do the work herself. So I agreed. Bye-bye fictional work.
I should also add that my guilt complex is so strong, I feel bad about sending her my weekly invoices.
This month I'm determined to work out this situation. I will tell her no when I don't have time to complete something. I'm going to focus on managing my time better.
The fact that I want to have the rough draft I'm working submission ready by the end of spring should work as a motivator.