I’m over on the Erindipity blog today talking about one of my most important writing goals for 2016 and I have a few tips for how you can make it one of your goals too!
There is a lot of pressure on writers today. I know this is not news to you. Even when I first started writing novels about eight years ago, before I knew much about the publishing industry, I had the intuitive sense that there was a tough standard to be upheld. From the get-go, I put a lot of pressure on myself to be productive and to foster a deep understanding of the craft. Then, as I connected with more writers and got my first glimpses into what was expected on the marketing side of the author’s life, I added that weight to my shoulders. Before I even started to query agents, I felt the pressure.
A couple of years ago, I finally did become agented and quickly discovered that I hadn’t been wrong. There have been lots of edits, lots of strategizing, and LOTS of waiting. I know I speak for most writers when I say, it can take a big toll on your emotional and creative health. I spent several years putting every ounce of energy I had into revising my first book and at the end of it I felt drained, lost, and disconnected from the creativity that had made me want to write in the first place.
I’d been living in my left brain for too long and I didn’t know how to switch back over.