Making progress, changes ahead

ROW80My production of new words remains kind of slow. In the past week and a half I’ve finished just under 800 words. I’m judging that as okay progress though, since I’m thinking through the end of my manuscript and looking forward to illustrations and editing.

I had the unpleasant experience of hitting a wall that I know only too well: the point in the midst of everything where all your words look horrible and you hate everything you’ve written. I’ve had this experience with every damn thing I’ve written, and I know from talking with other writers that it happens to nearly everyone. When that feeling comes over me, I tend to run away. It’s brought me to a halt far too often, and I’m determined not to let it stop me again. I also know from experience that if I push on I can usually get past it. Finding the will to push on can be hard though.

Anyway, I’m thinking a lot about the next Round of Words, because by then I figure I’ll be deep into the editing and illustration phase. How will I set my goals then? Will I feel the need to write new words, even if it’s on another project? If I try to do that will I upend my work on this book? I am unsure but I guess I’ll face that question when I get there.

Here’s the blog hop link for today’s check-in. Keep writing, all you writers!



Making progress, changes ahead — 4 Comments

  1. I think Ann Lamott said that you need to give yourself permission to write the worst garbage ever, because when you have something on paper, you can rewrite it. I know the feeling that everything you write is crap… I’ve learned to tell myself that writing crap is better than not writing at all. Just go ahead and write and don’t bother reading any of it until you finish, then go back and fix it. You’ll get through this, I’m sure.

  2. >> writing crap is better than not writing at all

    I can’t argue with that. And I do keep going, even when it’s a struggle. All part of the process I guess.

    Thanks for the support!

  3. You got this! Keep fighting the fight and you will be amazing at what is on the other side.

    I’m currently revising my NaNoWriMo novel from 2014 and some segments are really not good, but then I see paragraph that just makes me smile. Keeping going! You got this!!! 🙂

  4. Thanks, Cindy. I really appreciate the encouragement. Good luck to you too!