Last Week’s WW: Making A Schedule
Here’s the way it seems to go:
-Yes! I’ve got an idea.
-Why won’t this idea come together and make a story?
-Oh, oh, wait, there it is. Now I know what’ll happen in my story.
-I’m going to type like the wind. This is the best idea ever!
-I’m the worst writer ever! No one will ever read my stories, and maybe that’s for the best because if they did they’d punch me in the face.
-I need to just put this away for awhile.
-*Reading* okay, this isn’t so bad. I can work with this.
-*stares blankly at screen* need to clear my head, let’s play video games or watch tv.
-Why won’t the words come?
-Oh, there they are.
-Soon everyone will see my genius!
-I literally shouldn’t be allowed near a keyboard. Seriously, someone is going to put a restraining order against me writing ever again. And they’d be right to do so.
-Am I really going to let someone read this?
-They liked it!
-Why don’t more people like/buy it?
-Hey, I’ve got a new idea for a story. I’m the best writer ever!
For many writers, this is how it goes. I’m in a valley right now. But I hope and know that soon I’ll be back on the upswing. And I know that most writers ping pong between manic highs and self-loathing lows.
But the peaks are worth every valley. Keep at it and work through it.
Last Week’s WW: Trying for Success
You’ve probably heard this advice before: finish your first draft. Obviously, if you ever want to publish you need a finished project. But if you want to be a writer, this step is important for more reasons. And there’ll be a lot of things trying to stop you along the way.