The ups and downs of writing

If you are a follower of my blog, you undoubtedly noticed that for most of May, I have not posted my weekly writing/publishing post. I really was just too busy. And for once, I wasn’t just busy with non-writing stuff (PTA, work, kids’ end of the school events – though I did have these things too), I was actually writing on my current work-in-progress, which I had been neglecting.

But I don’t want to get away from writing on my blog so here I am. For today’s topic I thought I would talk about the ups and downs of writing.

Now, I don’t know how it is for you, but I am not dedicated enough to be writing every day though I know some authors have that down. I find myself going through periods where I am writing daily and progressing with my story and then there are periods where I barely have time to breath let alone write.

And when I am not writing, I begin to worry about being unproductive. I worry about how long it is taking me to write this book. I think about all those stories about authors who can crank out four books a year or even the crazy ones that do more than that. (Next week, I will go over how this “I write X book a month/year” can be deceiving.)

Even the most diligent of us who set goals are going to miss some of them. We’re human. It happens.

If you are a steady, methodical writer who sits down and cranks out words daily, then this up and down writing pattern isn’t something you know or worry about. (And I am jealous.)

But, if you’re like me, some days I write like crazy and other times I struggle. Now sometimes that struggle is just figuring out what to write and sometimes it is a work-related or personal event that impacts my writing productivity.

Of course, rather than be obsessed with the ups and downs of writing, I need to remember that we all write at our own pace. What works for me will be different than what works for another author. I need to not worry about how fast others turn out books but continue to focus on my writing. But, I also need to make time for my blog…and marketing…and…

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