Today I’ve written 700 words. All of which were done during my lunch break. I’ve passed 12k now and am not even going to hit 20k. I’m not happy about this, but I can live with it.
The last few months have been super busy but for all the right reasons. The biggest, and only, downside is that I haven’t been able to keep up with writing. I’ve had a couple of big failures (okay, not that big but they suck) where I’ve felt pretty desolate. One thing in particular recently dented me pretty hard as I realised I’m not capable, or maybe ready, to be a person in my writing community where I can be somewhat of a leader. After I had that revelation I came the closes to quitting writing that I’ve ever been. Even to the point where I had two major writing related commitments that I was going to complete and then quit.
I’m past that feeling of desolation though. I’m feeling energised and I’m having ideas again. I need to find a better way to make the most of my time though. That’s something I’ll be working on in the near future.
I often find listening to podcasts quite inspiring. Especially when they’re talking to someone who is working their arse off to get to their goals. An episode of The Horror Show with Brian Keene featured writer and musician Matt Hayward and each time I hear this episode I can’t help but be inspired. Please clicky the link and see what I mean.
2 thoughts on “25th November 2019”
I was thinking recently how (okay, this is married mom life I’m talking about, but go with me for a second) there are seasons in life: Babies in the house, and mom gets no sleep, forget about writing during this time. Then kids start school and mom scrambles to find work so she can contribute to the household income, but after work it’s homework time and kids sports time, so writing is sporadic. Then kids go to university, and MOM CAN WRITE, YAY! . . . but wait, she forgot how, so she writes thousands of words of crap, trying to relearn all she forgot plus catch up with what modern readers want. But she can write fast, so it’s okay.
Or is it okay?
Could there be a purpose in slow writing?
So, I’m going to read The Art of Slow Writing by Louise DeSalvo to see if I need to keep churning out words in an effort to learn faster (and ultimately become a published author) or if I need to slow down to write. I wonder if this is something you’d want to investigate, too.
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I may do. I think I can find the time to write, even if it’s just during my lunch break. I’ll just have to rethink my targets.