Ok MMW family,
I’ve done it! I’ve stuck with my writing schedule…sort of. I definitely don’t get to write the four hours a week as I had originally planned on thanks to the end of the year scramble plus STAAR testing. BUT I have been writing more and more. I jot down ideas or dialogue that pop into my head. I have even put a scene or two together. Progress!
The only failure I have to admit is editing…I really despise editing. I need it, and I know I need it, but I really, REALLY don’t wanna. *insert whiny voice*
There is something about having to go back through your work, looking for imperfections and pulling apart the story you had put your heart and soul into, that is heart wrenching. Thinking about all that work makes me feel overwhelmed and stressed. So I mentally set it aside for another day (which then turns into weeks, months, years).
My husband always suggests I give my story to a family member to read and edit, but in my head I turn into Gollum (Lord of the Rings) and clutch my story to my chest hissing, “It’s MY precious.” I am trapped in a conundrum of my own making and I need help getting out.
So my question to my fellow writers is this: how do you motivate yourself to edit? Do you have strategies that work for you? PLEASE share them! I need all the help I can get… J