In the writing game, it’s super easy to get suck on meeting a deadline, getting that query letter out there, or finding the next writing “wrong” to “right.” Sometimes this forward focus leaves us wondering how much longer it will take before we land an agent, get a book deal, or finally be done revising a novel. It’s easy to get downtrodden and wonder: will I ever be GOOD ENOUGH?
In those moments, I challenge myself to LOOK BACK at where I started. LOOK BACK to those early days where adverbs ruled and backstory filled whole chapters. LOOK BACK to the paragraphs of passive writing and telling rather than showing.
And reflect on HOW FAR I’VE COME.
When I compare something I wrote 2+ years ago to something I’ve written recently, I’m startled by how good it is! Seriously! Okay, so I still need to improve, but my gosh, I’m a LOT better than before.
Realizing that helps me feel better. It helps me feel contentment even in a tumultuous journey. Even though I’m still waiting (sometimes anxiously so), I have 2+ years of experience under my belt, making me a lot further along than I was.
Thank goodness writing’s not a race, but it is like a marathon in a lot of ways. And I think I’m finding my pace.
How about you? What do you see when you look back? How does it make you feel about your writing now?