Wednesday, April 4, 2012
D is For Determination
It's both Insecure Writer's Support Group day and D-Day for the A-Z Challenge. Alex J. Cavanaugh is definitely working us hard today along with his co-hosts for the A to Z Challenge.
Determination is what aspiring writers need to keep writing without any promise of a paycheck or publication. But it's not all we need. We need support, faith, and discipline. We need to work on our craft by doing it day after day and by accepting feedback from others even though sometimes that hurts. We need to keep writing no matter what gets in our way (puking kids, aching backs, migraines, car accidents...not that I've experienced any of that).
I just started writing after about three weeks of not being able to sit for more than a few minutes (car accident). When I returned to my laptop this week, I worried I wouldn't be able to find my Muse or that my Muse may have moved on while my fingers were off the keyboard for so long. I initially decided to go into edit mode, an easier and safer mode for me than writing first drafts.
But all it took was reading my last chapter to get me back to where I was when I left off. Although I lost three weeks, I returned to it with fresh eyes. I've added 3,500 words this week and feel more determined than ever to get it done. My new goal for completing the first draft of this WIP is June 1, two months from now, a goal I think I can realistically meet. I know I can do it one thousand words at a time, more or less.
For those of you that are writers, especially the aspiring kind like me, how determined are you?