Jennifer is almost finished…
I’m a few thousand words from writing “The End” on one of my manuscripts. It’s been slow going. I try to write at least 1,000 words a day, so that I have a goal and so that I stay in the habit of writing regularly. I don’t edit as I go, although I do go back after a certain number of pages and re-read and edit at that time. But I write regardless of the quality of words, just to get them on the page.
The problem is life gets in the way. I’ve been trying to de-stress my life and reorganize my priorities. In the long run, it will result in a happier me with more writing time. Currently, it results in more writing time, but also more stress—change is hard, for me as well as for others affected by my actions. So I often get to my writing time still reeling from what’s going on elsewhere.
The outside world certainly doesn’t help. Politics and people’s reactions and the media all infringe on my writing time as well. As does social media. What used to be a nice break has turned into one of stress. I can’t abandon it, as I use it for marketing and networking, but I’m trying to put limits on how and when I involve myself in it.
So the WIP is getting there. Slowly. It will require lots of editing, as my notes I leave myself as I go—fix this, add this, etc.—grow longer. It’s by no means done. But it’s a start. And just by having something complete encourages me to take the next step and improve it.
And now, back to writing!