“To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
As a species we tend to rush things, we want what we want now, if not sooner. When we travel we take the fastest route possible to reduce time spent getting there and increase time at our destination. Even at our destination, we often rush from one activity to the next. It’s no wonder vacations are so tiring!
It’s not much better in day-to-day life. We often rush through morning routines in order to rush to work or get kids off to school or just to get done so we can move on to the next task.
Many take the same approach when it comes to their writing. They push and push to get through the different phases, thinking, “When I finish this part I will be happy.” The problem is, with this attitude, they are setting themselves up to never enjoy the process at all. There is always the next step in the process, especially with longer works. Often these writer’s get to the end and have a finished work and are still saying things like, “When I get an agent, then I will be happy.” Then they will find an agent and it will move on to, “When the book gets published, then I will be happy.” When it’s published it changes to, “When I sell 100 copies, then I will be happy.”
You get the idea.
Slow down. Enjoy the Journey.
Writing, like everything else, is a journey. It starts when we embrace an idea, and continues on through brainstorming, outlining, freewriting, drafting, revising, editing, beta reading, and clear on through publication. The fact is, it’s a long process. Some parts of the process are much easier to enjoy than others. I love the editing/revising stage because that is when the story goes from being average to amazing. Many authors hate this stage because it is hard.
The truth is there are challenges and rewards that come with each phase of the writing process. As writers it’s important to find joy in each phase, while we are in that phase. Happy writers are more productive writers, and as a result, more successful writers. And that’s our goal – to find success and to get our work read!
As Always – Happy Writing!