I once believed there were two kinds of writers: the writers that wrote every day and the ones like me that wrote in spurts for days at a time and then took a few days to “recover.” I thought both types of writers could be successful; however, I have come to understand many things this year about writing and life, in general. The most important thing is that keeping momentum is crucial to success in any endeavor from writing a novel to relationships.
Sylvia Plath said that the greatest enemy to creativity is self doubt. Any writer will tell you that more than carpel tunnel, more than characters that you once loved and have grown to hate, and more than dead-end plots, self doubt is our greatest enemy. Will they like it? Does it even make sense?
Any published writer will tell you that to vanquish these feelings of self doubt and occassional loathing, you must keep writing. Write every day. Don’t lose momentum. At the end of the day, all you are doing is writing a first draft. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It doesn’t have to make sense although a nice basic framework would be nice. That character that you have grown to hate, doesn’t have to be there in the next draft. However, there won’t be a second draft until you finish the first draft.
I’m a typical creative in that I know what I have to do, I have an idea in my head of how long it will take me to do it (generally half the time of the non-creative), and therefore, I wallow in my procrastination and “thought process.” I find excuses to recharge when really, all I need to do is write, and keep writing until this damn book is finished. I’m very close; very, very close as long as I don’t lose momentum.
It’s an extraordinary thing really writing a book. I admit that I take it for granted. People say, “Oh I could never do that!” I think to myself, “I could never NOT do it.” Except that there are many days that I have NOT done exactly that. Now is the time–the time to finish.
My blog posts for the rest of the summer will be a bit like a check in for me. A chance for you, my readers, to see a bit more of the book that I’m working on. I hope you will enjoy the ride. I plan on it being a fast one…hold on tight.