Blogger: Wendy Lawton
Yesterday one of my clients posted a note on her Facebook page, sharing that she was sick– really feeling lousy– with a migraine on top of a cold. She sounded like she wished she could just go back to bed, but she ended saying, “I need to get some writing done so I’m up and pretending I’m better.”
Writers write through.
There are always excuses– illness, appointments, family issues, demanding jobs, money crunches, homeschooling, disappointments, dust, dishes, and laundry. Dilettantes [definition: a person who cultivates an area of interest, such as the arts, without real commitment or knowledge] write when the spirit moves them. Writers write through.
ICRS– the CBA trade show is on the horizon. Everyone is forecasting even smaller crowds of buyers. The retail market for books continues to shrink. Readers spend so much time on social media they are cutting into reading time. Even Amazon is making decisions that allow second hand books (which don’t put a penny in the authors’ pockets) to be sold right along with new books.
Sounds like a good time to take stock and maybe slow down the writing while we see how things shake out, right? Of course not. Writers write through. The funny thing about real writers? They can’t not write.
What about disappointment with your own writing? Is it good enough? Is there too much competition? Is your platform big enough? Will the category or genre you are writing still work in the marketplace?
So I’m putting this to you. What valid excuses do you have to put off writing? Why are you writing through? What kinds of strategies do you employ for writing through? (Or, if you need to confess– why have you slowed down?)