Personal Progress Report:
Searching my manuscript for ‘ly’ and ‘ing’ words…my but I have a lot of them.
Monday: The Writing Process:
Every Monday I will be posting about writing. I will share various thoughts on the subject. I will share about my personal progress and where I come up with my ideas. Whether you’re a writer or a fan of books, I hope to bring you some enlightenment.
Writing and editing: How do you, and I, achieve this?
To write is an entirely individual sport with many of our fellow authors, editors, agents, artist and readers in the stands cheering us on. Like any sport, sometimes a writer becomes injured. This occurs when we don’t take the necessary time to enjoy life but constantly push ourselves to sit before the keyboard and pound away.
While maintaining a positive work ethic is critical to get the job done, too much can burn us out. In my case, I feel guilty if I take a day off. Where that comes from, I don’t know. So, I hereby give myself permission to do nothing for the day. I’m not sure what day that will be, but a day that is coming soon.
This being said, I thought there might be some interest in the actual process of writing. Not so much for other writers who have experienced it, unless they are new. But for our readers who wonder; ‘Why does it take so long for my favorite author to finish that next book?’
The answer to this question is a multiple choice one. Here are several reasons.
A series of back-to-back writing conferences, book tours, family, life in general, and the dreaded, writers block.
We'll look harder at writer’s block. This is a mental illness, not to be treated with medication. Why mental? Because our brain is having trouble solving the block which looms over our creative expression. Perhaps we're stuck on a project or out of fresh ideas. To illustrate this best, I would like those who have experienced it to share their personal growth, frustration, etc. with us. Or if you are reading this I'd love to hear from you too.
Please share how you achieve this awakening in the writing process. What do you do to keep motivated?