I came across this quote that I wanted to share with you.
“May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and the road downhill all the way to your door.”
-An Irish Blessing
It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve been on here. I’ve been typing away on my work in progress (WIP) and catching up on my reading pile. I’ve really had to hone my writing process and hopefully I’m getting it down! By the way, I’ve hit 20,000 words for my WIP and it’s such a rush!! It’s only a fraction of the word count I want but that doesn’t dim my pride any less.
My work in progress has taught me many (many) lessons that have begun to take form in other aspects of my life. I’ve learned that I am definitely not perfect and shouldn’t attempt to write as so. While writing, I’m constantly reminding myself to keep going and to keep busting out my words while they’re flowing. I mean, c’mon, it’s only a first, very rough draft, that can be re-written into the gleaming pages of your dream book. Why stress about how your words are written when only your eyes will read your rough draft?
Letting go of my worries and stress have also affected my anxiety immensely. I don’t have these swirling thoughts of failure and doubt badgering me. I’m able to focus on how to continue forward in my progress rather than how I would do the last few pages differently.
And it feels good.
Let go of the stress.
Let go of the need for perfection.
Let go of your baseless claims you’ll never be good enough.
Stop. Breathe. Continue writing until your fingers ache, your eyes dry out, and your heart is full.
Enjoy your writing.
Tip: On Google docs, I keep a notepad open to scribble down notes of how I’d like to incorporate more details, how I’d like to re-write a scene, etc. These notes stay with your work until you decide to delete it. This takes a big weight off my shoulders.
What are some of your struggles with writing a first draft? What are some tips you have for writing a first draft? To overcome perfection?