Writing Update: February 23, 2021 (Writing Speed pt. 2)

Hello again dear readers. We’re back with part 2 of the writing speed update. Last time I talked about how fast I was writing and how I was upset with myself because I felt like it wasn’t fast enough.

I haven’t changed my opinion on the matter, I think I could be writing a lot faster, but it’s a process that takes time. There are things in my life that prevent me from dedicating all day, every day to writing; job, relationships, dog, exercise, sleep, etc., so I dedicate as much time as I can to writing that I can find.

I think my biggest problem with myself and my writing speed is when I see other people’s success in their writing careers. I’m happy for anyone who gets published, or has some book-related achievement that I hope to reach myself one day, but when I see them reach these achievements, I get jealous.

I get jealous and upset with myself because that’s not me. I’m not getting my book published, my award recognition, or having it go through a second round of printing.

I know I’m just not there yet, but the lack of ability to write full time frustrates me. I wish I could dedicate my life to telling stories and writing up new worlds, but I can’t.

Even with all that frustration, deep down I know I can only go so fast. I’ve accepted that I’ll likely never be able to write books as a full-time job, but that’s okay with me. I just wish I could have 30 hours in a day so I could get the proper amount of writing I want for myself.

This week I did hit a new high score for word count in a week. I had a mostly free weekend, so I spent most of it writing. I still only got a few thousand words in this week, but I liked the scenes I wrote.

How is your writing going? Have you been keeping up with it, or has it taken a back seat to the rest of life? I’d love to chat with someone about their writing experience.

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