A little ease in the tide

…though I’m not sure if it’s permanent. The day job is still kicking my arse. I have found enough mental space to get back to writing again. It feels good. I feel almost like myself again.

This story, this WIP. I don’t know about you, but no matter how much I’ve planned ahead of time, I only figure out what a story is really about by writing it. It always changes, takes unexpected directions. Sometimes I think that there are only things I can discover in the midst of the process, outline or not.

But every writer is different. And that’s normal. And that’s okay.

I had some other writing topics planned, but you know what, no.

Guilt serves no one. Comparing yourself with another writer only paves the way for resentment.┬áHowever which way you write, is how you write. Slow or fast. It’s normal. And it’s fine. It’s enough. Honour your process, whatever it may be, friends.

16 thoughts on “A little ease in the tide

  1. Glad to hear you’ve been grabbing a little writing time. I’ve been similarly pulled in different directions recently, but I’m about ready to start a new story, so that’s a good feeling.

    I get around the planning problem by doing as little as I can. :-)

    Oh, and I completely agree about honoring your process. That goes along with one of my mantras, which is “Honor your obsessions.” If I’m really influenced by something, it will be reflected in my writing (even if it’s comic books or Dark Shadows), and I’m totally comfortable with that.

    1. “doing as little as I can” haha that’s my current approach.

      And yes, I think so too… we can’t help but be the product of the things we love.

  2. Glad to hear you’re finding time to write! Huzzah!

    I will say this, though: I don’t embrace the slowness of my writing because that’s not actually my process. I’m pretty sure I’m a medium-to-fastish writer stuck with the time constraints of life scheduling of a moribundly slow writer. Yeah, a lot of those time constraints are theoretically of my own choosing (having a kid(s), having a day-job, trying to have a nice house, etc.).

    Anyway, I have a good idea what my productivity would look like if these constraints eased even just a little, without giving those things up entirely, and allowed me just a small space for writing. And while still slowish compared to what I’d consider ideal, it’s a rate with which I’d be satisfied under the circumstances. What I do now, instead, does not satisfy me at all.

    I’ll get there, someday, I hope.

    But while I may not embrace my current productivity, I do embrace the life I have. I’d rather more writing were a part of it. But I wouldn’t trade my family and our life together for anything, not even writing.

    1. Being busy is a separate issue, but sometimes it’s just life. And family’s important :) I have every confidence you’ll finish that novel when you do have the time :)

  3. “I only figure out what a story is really about by writing it.”

    “Guilt serves no one. Comparing yourself with another writer only paves the way for resentment. … Honour your process, whatever it may be, friends.”

    Yes yes and yes. A million times. :)

    1. So easy to fall into the comparison trap, and guilt… but I’m working on that! I know its something a lot of us struggle with. Thanks Kristan!

  4. “I only figure out what a story is really about by writing it. It always changes, takes unexpected directions.”

    I could NOT agree more. That’s one of my favorite parts of the process, actually, when the characters lead the way and show us the true meaning behind the book. It’s kind of like a story within a story, you know?

    So glad things have calmed down enough for you to write again! :)

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