a leap of faith. [writing words]

It is always scary to take the first leap, but if you manage it, only then will you find out what you’re made off.

I have started to write again, I scared myself, to the point that for a long time I was unable to look at my work, it gave me anxiety to think of how much I had to change and how much I had to do. Unable to face that I was scared, I used the fact that I had a new job as an excuse, making out that I was just too busy for writing that there was a place in my life for writing just now. When in reality I just wanted to hide from how much I actually have to do, and wanted to bury my head in the sand. What was I to do? What was there for me to do? I took a deep breath and jumped in, and only now have I begun to wade through the notes I’ve made and the feedback I’ve gotten and started to make a plan. It has been something that I have needed to do but not necessarily something I have enjoyed, it almost feels as though I have gone back to the beginning and started again. I started it a long time ago, but I lost my rhythm and I couldn’t see there ever being an end to it. It is a blow to my confidence but as I am fleshing everything out it is becoming clear that this was my best option and I couldn’t have gone forward without it.

last minute worries.

Never leave anything until the last moment.

I say this while writing this post with 30 minutes until I need this to go live. Nothing you write in a rush will ever be your best, and I’m leaving this post short and sweet. Many of my earlier work were written without planning, quickly and without editing and quite frankly they were rubbish. You need time to reflect on your work and time to edit without unending pressure.

best of both worlds [writing words]

I realised whilst writing this post that I haven’t wrote about my own writing for quite a while and I just wanted to say that I am still going, but its slowed down. I found that there were more holes that needed filling and that I needed to take a step back and take a deep breath before restarting. I think it’s healthy for a writer to separate themselves from their work and take a break, which brings me to my tip for this week.

Take a break, re-evaluate, and above all don’t rush anything.

I think that the biggest mistake that writers can make if they aren’t ready is to jump in with two feet and then find that they don’t have the skills or the story to keep themselves afloat. Something that has happened to me often, I have this wonderful idea, I write the story, finish it and then jump into the editing without thinking, so this is from personal experience.

The best thing I think you can do when you finish a draft is to take some time, step back, read it through and then leave it. Not forever, but for as long as you think is necessary, give yourself time to come up with the answers and to develop the characters in your mind, make sure the story arcs and causes an excitement in your brain. Just leave it alone, don’t change anything, just leave it.

Then, when you feel like you’ve thought it all through and you have the answers to the problems you’ve outlined then you can go back to the draft and begin to solve the problems along with the errors you have undoubtedly made.

I wish that I had followed this advice and spent a little more time on the problems before making notes all over my work. It would have made my writing experience a whole lot easier and less stressful!