Saturday, September 8, 2018

Taking little steps...#motivation #selfcare #progress #allprogressisgoodprogress #amwriting

This year has been a bit of a rebuilding year for me. Last year was a big for me writing wise. I wrote and published six books last year, the most I've ever written in a year, and four of those were released in one month. I knew I wouldn't be able to keep up that pace this year. Especially in the early part of the year, I knew I was going to need a break. 

But a few other things have happened recently that have caused me to do a little reevaluating and are encouraging me to think about changing my approach to some of my current works in progress. This is a mind shift that I have been considering for some time. But these changes are slowing down my progress even further. Which means it will probably be even longer than I expected until I will have another completed work.

As a goal oriented person, this lack of visible progress is frustrating. I watch other people on social media announce new releases and show off pretty new covers and I am jealous. I want to have another release ready, I want to have another pretty cover (that is one of my favorite parts of the publishing process), I want to finish the stories I'm working on so I can start writing some of the other characters screaming in my head.

But I am making progress. I am moving closer to that goal that I want so badly. I just need to learn to be more patient with myself. I am making small steps towards my goals, a little bit more each day, and I need to learn to accept that. Its a lesson I feel I can never stop learning. To appreciate the small steps, the constant progress, the continual improvement. 

Since its a lesson I'm learning, again, I thought I'd use this opportunity to share this lesson with all of you. If there is something you are working on that isn't moving as fast as you wish it was, that is more difficult and frustrating than you anticipated, try to take comfort in the little steps you make. And I am going to try and take my advice. I don't make any promises about succeeding...but I'm definitely going to try.

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Tina Donahue said...

Great post, Willa. There are times when I'm writing where it goes painfully slow. To me, that's because I hadn't thought out motivations or plot well enough. Once I get over that hurdle, it's a breeze, but never easy. The longer I write, the more difficult it becomes because I can see errors I might not have noticed before. I've found it's a lifelong learning process.

Harlie Williams said...

You got this. Sometimes being away from something makes the process better.