I found this post about how to write even when you don’t want to write. You can read it HERE.
My favorite tip is “Make it your job.” I tell people all the time that I have several full time jobs. I am a baker, an assistant manager, a crafter, a book reviewer, blogger, and a writer. Yes, I consider writing and blogging separate jobs because in my mind they are two different areas of my life. I am constantly working to better myself in all areas that make up who I am and the things that I love.
When I was a kid I wanted to do everything. I may be older, but I am still that little girl who wants to do more than one thing. I can’t say that I have been doing a very good job at all my jobs and if someone was paying me, I probably would have been fired from most of them.
Enough about that.
The thing is, I don’t have a lot of trouble writing. I could write all day. Especailly if I have been reading a lot and have a lot going on in my head. I have so many story ideas that happen because of a book I am reading. My problem does not lie in the act of writing.
My problem lies within the act of editing. I don’t want to do it. I don’t want to rip into the story I spent so long putting together. I don’t want to face all the mistakes because at the last word of that novel, in my mind, it is perfect and needs nothing else. As soon as I open that novel with my purple pen (red is just so violent and purple is my favorite color) I know that my perfect book is going to shatter before my eyes. It will no longer be perfect.
And this is where I start questioning my own ability in writing. Am I worthy to sit on the shelves with all the other authors? Am I worthy to call myself an author? Am I good enough to go play with all the other self-published/indie/traditionally published authors?
It takes a lot for me to sit down and edit my work, because I know it needs to be edited by me before I send it off and pay someone to look over it again. I know I have to do it, but I just can’t bring myself to dig into the mind game. It’s tiring and almost depressing. Until I come across a part in the story that throws me off.
You know, the part where you stop and say “did I really write that?” You know it’s good when you give yourself goosebumps or come across something you can’t believe you wrote. That is when all the questions vanish and you know that you are good enough. At least you think you are and that confidence boost is what will take you to the top.
It’s just getting going in the first place.
So tell me, how do you buckle down and start editing your work?