After a summer full of reading but short on writing, I realized something. (Okay, two things, but finding out it's hard to write when kids are running around is less shocking!) It's the books I read that I don't like that intimidate my writing process more than the ones I love.
Doesn't make sense, does it? You would think the off-the-charts amazing books, like The Book Thief, would leave me wondering if I should write or can write. But those books actually leave me inspired to write a book that leaves a lasting impression on a reader. I feel a writer's high, if you will.
Instead, it's the books I think will be good and aren't that leave me feeling unsure. As I sit and pick apart why I think the book failed, my mind wanders off to what in my current WIP might or might not be working. I'm left feeling unsure and insecure.
If I think it's pacing, I become obssess with the structure of my storyline. If I don't care about a character, I wonder if my own characters are likeable or memorable? And so on.
Please tell me I'm not the only one!
My A Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80) Update
Wednesdays are also ROW80 check in days.
Writing: My test mile of one hour is going well so far. I'm finding a time focus versus a total words focus is better for me.
Editing: A time focus is working best here, too. I have three novel-length projects right now, and I am finding it difficult to balance them fairly. I can't decide if it's better to finish one then another, or work on them alternating days to give each author a fair amount of time. Suggestions?
Blogging: I really need to focus on pre-writing posts. I am back to frantically writing them the day of, and that always leaves me stressed.
Reading: Loving reading lately. Please stop over to my Mom in Love with Fiction blog from time to time to check out my latest reviews. And to my ROW80 (and other writing friends), I'm always happy to promote books (through reviews or spotlights, etc) on my blog. It's my way of giving back.
Social Media: Catching up. Why do I always feel like I'm never able to get my head above water on this goal?
How's everybody else doing? I'm not even sure when this round officially ends, but I know it's coming up. Off to write...