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Struggling To Write

I guess some of you are wondering what happened to me since I have been absent from Persona Paper for some months. All is well, but I have just been struggling to write.

The problem isn't that I don't know what to write about, in fact it's the opposite. I have over 1,000 articles from past sites that I have written on (and which have now disappeared) which need editing and re-publishing. I have countless ideas for articles in my head too, a list of literally hundreds of topical, personal and travel/history related ones which I would like to work on as well.

My problem is Time, that and feeling overwhelmed and not knowing where to begin, since I want to publish both new articles and old ones and don't have time to do both.

When I get overwhelmed by work, I tend to back off from doing any at all. I think I probably have A.D.D. to a certain level, as my mind constantly wanders, and I find it hard to keep focused on one thing at a time. This gets worse the more different things I have to do, and so instead of writing I often in the evenings sit and play video games instead, which isn't helping.

The other problem is my full time job, which has become very busy, and aside from lack of time to write, even at lunchtimes, I often feel brain dead by the time I get home.

At lunchtime I maybe get 30 minutes to write, which is ok for a quick article (like this one for example), but it's no good if I have to select images or to do any research. Some articles which might take several hours to write in a single session will take me a week to work on at 30 minutes at a time, so progress is slow and it's really frustrating.

Other than that things are good. Health wise my wife and I are doing ok. Hopefully we are now over the spate of evil coughs and colds that beset the UK over the winter. These wouldn't disappear and kept coming back, so neither of us have felt great since December, but now that Spring is on it's way I hope things will look up.

It's good to see Persona Paper doing better. I have hoped for so long that people would be writing more on here, and it seems that finally it's working. Still hoping for great things here, and at the same time disgruntled that I am not doing much to play my part in helping, but I promise to write more when I get a chance.

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sarosh wrote on March 16, 2015, 5:15 AM

This is a common problem for all writers i guess, but you have enough experience and it is a temporary set back for you that is all

luisga814 wrote on March 16, 2015, 5:19 AM

i also struggle to write just like today, i only wrote two articles. Hope i can write more. Two articles more to 200.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on March 16, 2015, 6:41 AM

I often feel overwhelmed when thinking of re gigging posts from other sites too, but maybe the answer is just to choose one when you are having a good day and work on it until you are satisfied, then back off until you get another day where you feel you can tackle one.

MaeLou wrote on March 16, 2015, 8:00 AM

Nice to see you back here! I can understand completely about how busy one can be! Hope things calm down for you soon.

poddys wrote on March 16, 2015, 4:35 PM

Balancing time and emotions is a constant battle for many of us.

poddys wrote on March 16, 2015, 4:36 PM

200 is good. Onwards and upwards.

poddys wrote on March 16, 2015, 4:37 PM

That's what I am trying to do. Today O would have liked to finish one I should have completed before Christmas, but alas work was manic and I managed nothing. Tomorrow is however another day...

poddys wrote on March 16, 2015, 4:38 PM

Thanks MaeLou, it's good to be back.

AliCanary wrote on March 21, 2015, 4:00 PM

I'm still enjoying the whole re-posting thing, and I will for quite some time! It's not too time-consuming to publish, but reading and commenting can get pretty involved. I want to support my friends, though!

poddys wrote on March 25, 2015, 3:55 PM

Hard to keep up isn't it.

Deema wrote on May 2, 2015, 4:45 PM

I have these too, and have been experiencing a lot lately because I am trying to refrain from posting personal everyday information.

Ruby3881 wrote on June 12, 2015, 4:20 AM

It's good to see you're still around the site, Tony. I quite understand about finding the time to edit and re-publish the old content. I am getting to some of it, but there are still hundreds more to go....