I have been a frustrated writer all of my life. I love to write, which led to the blog, but the book that I swear is in me has been manifesting in start-stops for years. The result of that has been a lot of disparate stories with similar themes but no completed work I can be proud of. I have managed to finish a the first draft of a short story compilation/cookbook but I dropped it when I first became vegan and was still learning how to cook yummy vegan meals. I never finished editing. I also completed a script for a short film that has yet to be filmed (did I mention my husband has a production company?). I did at least finish the editing on that one.
The point is--as I've said many times here before--I give myself over to too many other things and let my passions fall to the bottom of my to do list on a regular basis. I'm always trying to find ways to fix that. I've read enough self help books to be a certified life coach. Seriously. At least that is until recently when I read two pieces of great advice. One was today's quotable. The other was a suggestion from a published writer to stop editing while writing and give yourself over to the fact that your first draft will suck.
I know they both can come across as advice to run from if you like the safety and comfort of having a plan...kinda like me. BUT, ironically, these pieces of advice have been the most freeing suggestions to fall into my lap in a long time. I had a fresh perspective and set a goal to write 500 words a day. I haven't had the opportunity to write every day since but I've had several days where I wrote over 1,000 words so I've averaged out. Can I just say I'm so excited???
I'm writing without the expectation of creating a bestselling masterpiece that will lead to a multi-book deal and retirement from corporate America. Yeah...I know. Lofty. I struggle to reign in my daydreams so I can focus. Removing the expectations so I can just write has been life changing. In the end, you never know where motivation will come from. You just have to keep pushing until you find something that works. Otherwise, it's too easy to let life get in the way of your dreams.
What tips do you have for continuing to move towards your goals?