Write Now to Get it Done
I was talking recently with someone who has published scholarly books and is in the midst of writing another. He is well past the deadline his publisher would have liked him to meet but never the less he continues with the expectation that it will be done in the next three to five years.
As we talked about publishing and what it takes, he shared that he’s noticed something about his colleagues: those who write a little bit every day eventually finish and publish while those who wait for a big chunk of time to finish their work generally don’t.
I think this is true regardless of the genre. As hard as it is to fit writing in to your daily life, it’s even harder to find large enough chunks of time to work on a big project. It’s better to find ways to do small bits at a time knowing that those bits will add up overtime to a full volume.
This could be setting aside a certain amount of time or giving yourself a word count to reach. It certainly means being deliberate rather than trying to get to it when you can. For some, it means writing first thing in the morning, others give up their lunch time and still others can manage a night time commitment.
To make it easier, keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be perfect on the first go. Nor should it be. You need to be able to just write and get the ideas on paper and then go back to edit them later. The more you write and the more you relax the more fun you will have and the more likely it will be that you will want to do it.