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Are You Willing to Fight For It? Writer Wednesday
I’m winding up six weeks of a heavy workload. Part of me is tired, part of me is thrilled, and part of me asks, is it worth it? Yes, it is.
Last night I took a long walk to clear my head. I’d put a pot of spaghetti sauce on the stove to simmer, and my eyes were going buggy after six hours of writing. The first quarter mile I couldn’t put a coherent thought together. Birds flew back and forth overhead. The air felt damp. I pushed forward. About half a mile in I thought of all the prayers God’s answered for me. He’s answered prayers this week. He’s answered prayers from years ago.
As many of you know, it took me years and years to get published. All those years I worked really hard. Studied the writing craft, built a tiny platform, networked with other authors and slowly improved. When I signed my first contract, I knew it was a dream come true–but it wouldn’t make all my dreams come true.
My writing life now is similar to when I was pre-published. I still set personal deadlines for writing and revising. Still actively engage on social media sites to expand my platform. Sill LOVE networking (aka, coffee and online chatting) with other authors. But now I have new ways to push myself and new tasks to add to the day planner. And yes, I still struggle to get everything done.
So we come to the title of this post. When I get tired, a little voice in my head asks, “Why don’t you ease up on your marketing plans? Add a few weeks to your first draft goal? Set aside the nonfiction project you plan on self-publishing? Just for a little while.”
And the other voice in my head, the GOOD voice asks, “Are you willing to fight for it?”
Of course I am.
I’m finishing a first draft this week. Whatever it takes. I recently bought Rachel Aaron’s 2K to 10K: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love. If you’re looking for motivation to help you write more words each day, this is a great book! And the Kindle version is only $0.99!
And yesterday, Heather Sunseri wrote another motivating post about writing more. Check out “How Nora Roberts Taught Me to Be More Prolific.” It’s a goodie!
I doubled my word count yesterday. I plan on doing the same today. :)
So if you’re feeling discouraged, ask yourself if you’re willing to fight for it? I’m guessing you are!
How do you fight for your dreams? What motivates you?
Have a great day!
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Interesting post, Jill! I’ve been there, many times. I think a lot has to do with seasons in our careers and also our motivations. Are we working so hard for love? Because we overcommitted and now have a responsibility to fulfill our obligations? Or are we writing out of the fear that if we slow down to breathe, we will lose the ground we’ve gained in our careers, someone else will nab our spot, God might decide we aren’t worthy of our dream? The first two are good reasons; the last one only leads to bad things like burnout and exhaustion.
Helps me to get a gut check every once in a while to see what my motivations are. Writing with fear is not only dream killing but soul killing as well.
Fight the good fight, my friend!
I have to agree with you, Carla. Motivation makes all the difference. I don’t think fear is a worthy motivator. It usually makes me say Yes to things I should say No to. And envy is another lousy motivator.
Being self aware enough to know if I’m willing to work extra hard because I want to build a successful career hasn’t always been easy. But I usually know when I’m doing something for the wrong reasons!
What a well-time post! I wrote my blog for next week. Currently, I hate it, so I’m re-writing it. However, I’m still in the midst of my launch phase. #writerlife I love it, but I so agree with the sentiment that we can’t get it all done. Last night, I took a long walk. Now that I’ve read your post, I’m about to take another long clear-the-head-walk. Thank you for inspiring me.
Rewriting is a big part of my life! Ha ha!
I hope you were able to get outside and take a nice long walk. I wasn’t able to last night, and boy, I could have used it!