Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Insecure Writers Suport Group IWSG
We can easily chat with published authors, aspiring-to-be-published authors, and every stage in between. We set goals and benchmarks, which are all fine and good, and arguably necessary. But we also compare ourselves. We worry. We might even panic.
When is it my turn?
The question might actually be, when is it time to slow down?
Wait, no. Not slow. Fast! Everything in publishing is slow. That's why I need to finish my book fast or it will another one/two/five/ten years will pass.
Am I the only one?
I've been reminded lately it's okay to take time with writing. I still have my goals and deadlines, but that panic I feel to get XYZ finished, where does that panic source from? And what's the hurry?
Now, if you're on an actual deadline from a publishing professional, or even with a critique partner, obviously we need to be mindful. But for me, I'm learning to balance downtime--personal stuff outside of writing, reading for enjoyment--without feeling guilt that I'm not one of those writers who writes every day with a set wordcount. I write most days. Some days I stare at the screen awhile and then go write a blog post instead. Some days I move the same two chapters around and edit the same three sentences.
And that's okay, too. Someday I'd like to be that writer who gets up at 6 am and writes exactly 1000 words a sitting, then goes about her day. I am not that person right now because there are days I stop to read a book about plot when I can't solve a plot problem, or I lose focus and need renewed inspiration. Sometimes that inspiration takes five minutes, or it might take five days.
What have you done to slow down? What pressures do you feel to finish a project?
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