This month, Lydia is in the driver’s seat of our blogs’ travels. (Be sure to check out her blog next week for her response!)
Here’s her question:
What’s your most recent “a-ha” moment in writing?
Needless to say, there have been MANY “a-ha!” moments over the past two years as I’ve traveled novel writing’s incredibly steep learning curve. And they’ve all been emotion-laden, angst-ridden tumultuous discoveries.
BUT, the realization that I REALLY–yes, REALLY–needed to take my time learning and practicing and honing my craft allowed me to just. Let. Go.
Just. Let. Go.
Sure, there’s pressure to get my story out there. Grab up that awesome agent before someone else gets to ’em. Circumvent the years long waiting that most other writers experience. I mean, can’t I be as lucky as Stephenie Meyer and go from unknown to published in six months?
Um, that would be a resounding, NO!
But ya know what?
I found out I CAN’T rush it. Words needed time to cure. Mature. Settle. When I rushed and glossed over the, ahem, not so good parts, I ended up accepting them as “good enough.”
Then I realized several months later: No. They’re. Not.
Rushing got me nowhere.
It was time to take a breath and ssslloooww dddoowwwnn.
I needed time for my ideas to develop, for my betas to mull over what I’ve sent them, for the scales of newbie-ism to fall from my eyes so I can see the subtleties of strong writing.
Bottom line: Taking time is important. Resisting the urge to rush through is key. Listening to my mind, heart, and betas is crucial. Pondering my options while ignoring the clock is freeing.
Try it, friends. You’ll see.