Sunday, May 15, 2011
Not being in a hurry
I have to say I didn't much accomplished last week. Family, technical problems, and a little bit of soccer drama took over my life.
But that's okay, because I don't need to be in a hurry.
On my commute to work there is one stretch of road where one lane goes faster than the other. It's hard to watch cars zoom past you, so it's very tempting to jump into the right lane. What you can't see is that further down the road there are two merge lanes clogging up that side of the road and eventually everyone traveling on the left flies by those who thought they were getting ahead.
There's been lots of times in my writing journey when I've jumped into that right lane, whether it be querying too early, not taking the time to really make sure the book is ready, or not being able to let go of a project. Inevitable this has slowed me down and I've watched people pass me.
If there's one thing I've learned over the past couple of years is patience. Nothing in this industry happens fast, so we shouldn't be in a hurry. We need to take our time and figure out what kind of author we want to be, what kind of book we want to write, and then strive to do the best we can and then strive to do better.
That's my goal this week: Strive to do better - if it means just writing one sentence better.
How about you? Is it hard not to be in a hurry and what are you striving to do this week?