Hello there, how are you? I hope your spring is getting along well. You may have noticed that I’ve been absent for a bit. I’m still here, just fell behind on posting because I’ve been so busy with work and life, that everything else has gone out the window. I’m another year older, and maybe even a bit wiser. The years come and go, whether we want them to or not, and hopefully we continue to grow and blossom, just like the plants and gardens we tend. The weather here is warming up nicely, or so it seems, until winter swoops back in and reminds us that it’s not ready to move on just yet. Spring is strange like that though, almost like a battle of the seasons. Reminds me of myself too, hot and cold, summer and winter all at the same time. But before I blather on any longer about the weather, or my own existential crisis, let’s move on to the topic at hand– my writing progress.
I’m in the middle of two projects right now, and they are coming along nicely, for the most part. Sometimes I feel really motivated to write, and I make good progress, and other times I don’t feel up to writing anything for several days. I’m trying not to put too much pressure on myself, but at the same time, I have that nagging feeling that I should be. I’ve been working on my short story and it’s up to 4k words. I’m quite pleased with how it’s turning out, but progress has been slow, and I feel the need to give myself a little push. Be it my job monopolizing all my time and energy, or procrastination, or writer’s block, or all of the above, I’m not entirely sure, I just know that I can do more. I’ve been trying to remind myself of the words from the author in The Right to Write, by Julia Cameron. After reading numerous essays, the point she’s driven home the most is–just write, and the words will come. I tell myself that often, but somehow I always have a very good excuse not to heed her advice.
As for my novel, don’t tell my characters, but I’ve been avoiding them. Due to many of the previous reasons I mentioned, but even more so because I’m getting very close to the midpoint. I can feel myself bucking under the weight of concerns that I’m not going to do it justice, or I won’t be able to pull it off. I know that’s a silly thing to worry about but I can’t quite shake it. I know that this novel is not going to be perfect, and that no novel ever is, but the pressure is starting to pinch a little. The good news is, I’m still very excited about the story. I love the characters, and the world, and I really want to explore it more deeply. The bad news is, it’s turning out to be quite hefty. I haven’t even reached the actual midpoint, and I’m already passed 50k words. If my math is correct, the final story should be in the range of 100k words. I’ll probably have to dig out my axe, and do some serious trimming in later edits. Or maybe a chainsaw would work better.
Beyond those two stories, I’m fairly bursting at the seems with excitement about my next projects. I have two in particular that I can’t wait to work on. I’m not sure when I can start seriously working on them, but I’m slowly gathering information and inspiration for later. One is a fantasy trilogy, and the other is a paranormal short story. Hopefully I can begin the short story sooner rather than later but only time will tell. Overall, I’m happy that I haven’t run out of ideas or inspiration, but again, I’ve come to realize that I need to be a little more strict with myself. Or at least try to find a routine, and practice more self-discipline.
So that’s where I am lately in terms of writing. And if you’re wondering about my reading habits…let’s just say, they’re even worse. (I am blaming that all on bed-time procrastination.) Work has been busy and long, so I don’t have much time to read during the day and all I can manage is a page or two at night before my eyes drop shut. It took me about four whole days to get through one chapter. But progress is still progress, no matter how small, right? Isn’t there a saying about eating the elephant, one bite at a time? Some days, are tough but keeping a positive mindset and continuing to aim towards improvement, can help to see us through the rough patches.
Where are you, with your writing these days? Have you been accomplishing much, or maybe just taking things one day at a time? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you!
Thanks for reading,
6 responses to “Turtle vs. Sloth – A Writing Update”
Honestly, I feel like I’m in the same boat XD. Writing though is the one thing I’ve been able to keep consistent on recently, but blogging? Reading? Oi. It’s been a struggle bus. I’ve barely done either recently. Maybe it’s a pre-summer sludge?
Worrying about doing a story justice, especially one that we love a LOT, can be SO hard. BUT, you don’t have to do it justice on the first draft. Or the 2nd. Or 3rd. Or 10th. It can take a lot of work to be able to tell a story the way it needs to be told, but the only way to get there is by writing. You can get there!
Also I’m with you on enormous word counts. The last draft I was finished was *coughs* 145k *coughs* (it’s so scary because I’m just like “where did all these words come from????”)
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Must something in the air, lol. Allergies??
Thank you for that reminder! I’m probably a chronic worryer/overthinker so I needed to hear that. ❤
And I actually used to call myself an "under-writer", lol. So much for that. XD
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Well, happy belated birthday! Did you do anything fun for it?
And, yes, finding the motivation to write can be hard. Especially when you’ve halted before a difficult scene and you just can’t seem to gather your thoughts about what should happen next. That’s sort of where I am. Definitely the best advice is to just write, because the words do come when you do that. Good luck on the projects!
Ooh, I love long books! As long as the characters and plot keep pulling me back for more, I’m going to love it! I get a little sad when I’m really enjoying a book and I check and it’s only a 350 page or so book. In fact, one of my favorite feelings as a reader is looking up the last book in a series and seeing that it’s 400 pages or more. I just get so happy because that means the author has so much good stuff to share with me and I want to stay in their world as long as possible! Though that may just be me being weird! XD
I too, have been slowly and patiently getting back into reading the way I used to in my early teens. It’s definitely a process and a journey to get back on track. The goal I wrote for myself is to just always be reading a book. It doesn’t matter if it takes me two weeks to finish something that at 14 I would have finished in 2 days. I just want to always be reading, and not worry about the quantity. No big goals about 50 books in one year. Just enjoying reading. Good luck to us both!
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Thanks!! I had to work, but I got to see my family after, and my sister made the best cake ever. So it was a good day. 🙂
And I totally agree with you! When it’s a book I love, longer is always better, lol.
“Always reading” is a great idea, and remembering to just enjoy the activity, is important too. 🙂
Yes, luck to us both!! ❤
I loved reading this post and getting a peek into your writing life right now!
I can relate to so much of what you said…especially the fear of not doing your story justice or it not remotely living up to your expectations. Writing a book is scary, man.
I wish you all best of luck in your projects and that you find fulfillment and joy in your writing, even if they cause you lots of stress. 🤷😄
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Ah, it makes me feel better to know I’m not alone in all of this! (Yes, it’s actually terrifying, lol.)
And thank you for your kind words, it really means a lot to me. I wish the same for you too, my friend. 🙂
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