When my son was almost ten months old he thought he could walk. Full of confidence, he would launch himself from coffee tables and couches with wild abandon.
Ditto for my writing. Last year I launched a manuscript into the world that wasn’t quite ready. Full of confidence and euphoria, I committed a newbie error by not putting it aside to mellow. I was running before I had learnt to walk.
If I had been less impulsive, that first rejection would have taken longer. I could have spent years trying to get things right, potentially allowing a fear of rejection to take hold. My impulsivity taught me that I can handle rejection. It made me curious and keen to improve. It didn’t deter me.
So, what now?
During NaNoWriMo last year I wrote a 57,854 word manuscript and I’m now weaving it into the earlier manuscript as a sub-plot. It’s quite a tricky thing – the structural edit beast. But I’m determined.
My son was determined to walk. He soon learnt that there were better methods than launching himself from furniture to reach his goal. The methods that are proving the most successful for reaching my goal are accountability based. These include:
- Sharing weekly writing goals with a Facebook accountability group. Anyone can start one. Consider giving it a go!
- Writing about my progress in this Words From The Avenue series.
- Committing to a fortnightly evening of distraction-free writing time at Write Nights, Centre for Stories in Northbridge, Perth. It’s a welcoming group, facilitated by the fabulous Emily Paull and Belinda Hermawan.
I’ll let you know how I go!