Drive time

If you awaken and dread going to work on your current book, you’ve taken too long in writing it. Put it in a drawer and move on to another project. Perhaps if it gathers dust for a little while, you’ll be able to view it with renewed enthusiasm later. Writing should be a labour of love and discovery, not drudgery.

If, on the other hand, you’ve written a book in just a few days, you’ve done it too fast. Ease up on the gas. You’re missing too much of the scenery.
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4 thoughts on “Drive time

  1. Sorry, but that isn’t my experience at all. More often than not I waken with some dread of or depression about the first draft I’m writing. Then ideas begin to surface – turns of phrase, images, clearer notions of how the characters behave – that kind of thing. I’ve concluded that the initial depression is (at least for me) a necessary element of the process, which has to be counteracted by creativity. I also think it’s a bad idea to abandon work in progress and start something else. The next idea is all too often a will-o’-the-wisp, and will be followed by yet more temptation of the same kind.

    • Naturally, every writer will find which process works best for them 🙂
      I don’t mean to abandon it completely. I just mean to take a break and come back with fresh eyes and renewed enthusiasm. But whatever works for each is best. Absolutely.

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