Don’t worry about the pace

It’s been one full week since I left a full-time job to be a full-time writer. And to be honest, this week has been more of a detox and catch-up-on-my-sleep, stop-reaching-for-my-work-cell-phone, than a real honest to goodness week of writing. But I did come away with some learnings.

  1. There are so many words available and I am amazed at how often I find myself using the same ones over and over.
  2. The thesaurus is my new best friend.
  3. It’s easy to get distracted, but sometimes the distraction is needed to turn your mind around and offer up a new approach to a scene that you are struggling on.
  4. Don’t go back and edit just to be busy. Keep writing. Edit later.
  5. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t meet a goal you wrote down on a piece of paper a week ago. Every little step you take brings you closer to your dream.
  6. Read, learn and absorb from the authors that have gone before you – they have had experiences that can help you overcome obstacles and maybe get you to your dream faster.
  7. Writing in a real work space is better than just anywhere in the house. There’s no TV in here, but a podcast of Pod Save America is handy to keep you company.
  8. Feeling a sense of accomplishment is important. The writing you are doing will be valued. If by the few rather than the masses, that’s okay. Write for you. Write what you want to read.

That’s it for today. Back to my manuscript. I’m still on track for an end of the month full draft. Fingers crossed!