Lessons in Writing: You are not so-and-so
I am a very new, very naive writer.
Like many very new, very naive writers I am also very new and very naïve to the ways of The Writer.
But I’m learning.
Each week, it’s going to be my goal to write out what I’ve learned in the ways of The Writer.
I’ve already touched on overcoming the dreaded Writing Slump, but for this post, I’m going to talk about how all writers are not created equal.
Some writers have to work harder than others. That’s OK. It’s not about how many ideas you have or how easily the words come. It’s about how much you want to write. I don’t mean how much in the word count sense, I mean how much in the how badly do you want to be a writer sense.
It’s easy to get discouraged and frustrated when you see other writers cross milestone word counts daily as though it’s nothing. That 2K so-and-so writes every day is what you write in a month. So-and-so has multiple projects they work on at the same time and you have multiple ideas, but you can only focus on one project at a time.
It does not mean your story is less than theirs. It only means your story is yours and that you are your own type of writer.
Spending time with a group of writing friends is a good, wonderful thing. You have to realize, however, that everyone in that group is different. Everyone has their own method to writing.
No one’s method is right, but, rather, the method is right for them.
So how do you get to be that writer who hits 2K or more every day and works on three different novels at once?
The answer is simple: Write.
Try to make it a habit, but start small. Focus on writing something each day, rather than writing a specific word count each day. Focus on writing anything each day, rather than writing in a specific story each day.
Writing is a craft. You have to keep at it to get better.