Must not drown in anxiety...

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Every writer dreams of being published. The first step to get there is of course to write something. 

When I began work on my current novel, which still isn't done, I truly didn't expect it would take me so long. What I thought would be an undertaking of just a few months, has become over one year of writing, thinking, and procrastination. Yes, I really was as naive as to believe it would only take a few months. Over ten years ago, before going to university, I already finished one novel. It took me roughly two years then. That's the truth I have to face.  My time management sucked then and it sucks now, for lack of a better term.

Sometimes it's best to cast eloquence into oblivion and accept the issue for what it is. I thought I invested time in a productive manner, deluding myself into thinking that everything I did, which didn't include writing, was for research purposes. This may have been true in some instances, but on the whole it was a lie. There’s no other way to put it. Some may think now that a novel needs time to evolve. I agree with that notion, but it’s also true that writing requires persistence more than anything else. It’s so easy today, with the Internet and the myriad gadgets I have lying around, to lose focus.  

Whatever you do, always keep in mind that the only way to finish a novel is to keep writing. Of course it doesn't mean that you have to write 24/7. What is a novel, but a multitude of words? One word at a time and any text of any length suddenly seems much more manageable. That's the lesson I had to relearn the past months. I believe that we writers too often battle anxiety. We want to get done with it, but at the same time we relish the process of storytelling. However, the path to finishing is only as hard as we allow it to be. Our passion should take over and let the words flow from our minds into the word document.

In recent months, I've discovered that I'm most productive when I chop up my goals into chunks. This may seem obvious, but I'm sure that I don't stand alone in my struggle against wanting to multitask all the time.  For me personally it's a pitfall. 

  1. Decide on one task you want to get done.
  2. Focus just on that one task. 
  3. Remember to continue to focus on that same task. 
  4. Finish that task.
  5. Take a break, or choose the next task to accomplish. 

That's the workflow I'm working on internalizing. I know that I need this, so I can continue writing this blog, and finish my novel. 

Keep writing!