Welcome to another confessions post! I’m so glad I’ve been able to keep up with these. They help me stay accountable, but more importantly, I hope they help you see the ups and downs of an average writer. Writing is wonderful, but not always easy. There is no right or wrong way to write. And I want these posts to be an example of that.
I don’t expect anyone to start following the way I write (but I won’t be offended if you do!), rather I want writers to realize that the best thing they can do is find a style and a life that works for them. It doesn’t matter what other writers do or say is successful. It only matters what works for you. And that is what I want this confessions series to show!
Confessions of a Realistic Writer #6
Summary of My Week
With my ebook off to beta readers, and my family squared away (for now) ;), I was able to dive back in to my YA novel. And I went forward full steam ahead! I wrote every day this week. I made some good revision but kind of beat around the bush. I couldn’t decide if I should go through a chapter until I really thought it was perfect or if I should make the major improvements and kind of plow through the draft again.
It really was a better week, so I can’t complain too much. I still miss my research. The hardest part of this week was just trying to figure out how to revise and how to proceed. I’ve never made it this far with a novel, so I’m kind of in uncharted waters. But I’m feeling confident and ready to do whatever it takes.
I wrote every day this week! That is just so huge for me. It’s been a while since I’ve been that consistent. But I’m feeling motivated and committed to writing regularly and making it a priority in my life. I’ve been happier this week, and in part, I think it’s because I’m writing again. Although it’s been a hard week of writing, it just feels good to be writing.
Thoughts and Goals
I need a better plan for how to write when life gets busy. And I think part of it just comes down to making the decision to write. I’ve really reflected and changed my mentality. Some days I tell myself I don’t want to write, but I don’t think that’s really true. It can be an effort to start writing, but deep down, that is an effort I want to make. I never regret it when I decide to write. Sometimes I regret it when I don’t.
So, this week I’m going to remind myself that I’ve made the decision to write and it is what I want to do. I’m also going forward with revision. I need to stop dwelling on revision that needs to happen in chapters I’ve already read through. I’m sure my draft will need several rounds of revision so it’s okay if this round isn’t perfect. I just need to keep moving forward.
Until next time,