Since I started working on the inpatient unit (almost a year now!) in addition to my other roles in the outpatient world, I’ve had less energy, concentration, mojo, motivation, imagination, passion, etc to continue pumping out the wordage on a daily basis.
In the “old days,” I could draft a novel in 2-4 weeks (YIKES, right?). Now, well, now I’m good for a short story (maybe) every six months.
What happened to my die hard committment? What happened to my insatiable NEED to WRITE? What happened to my very existence depending solely on “WHEN DO I GET TO WRITE AGAIN?”
My point being, sometimes one has to write as much or as little as they can. Maintaining a 2000 word a day goal is not realistic for me right now. Most things ebb and flow and fluctuate.
I need to be okay with that.
Alternatively, it also helps to have a push from inspiration from time to time, so I’d like to leave you with some of my favorite writing quotes.
Please share a favorite quote in the comments too!
“There are times when quantity is at least as important as quality in learning an art.”
“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”
“Write what you care about and understand. Writers should never try to outguess the marketplace in search of a salable idea; the simple truth is that all good books will eventually find a publisher if the writer tries hard enough, and a central secret to writing a good book is to write on that people like you will enjoy.”
Richard North Patterson