Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:
I hope the week so far is treating you well, and if it isn’t, well, this is the perfect post for you! This week we are talking about when and how to take a break from your long, lengthy, ultra-super-sized Project of Awesome.
My Project of Awesome is my Norse mythology-based novel. I work on it every week, with a daily goal of 500 words a day, Monday through Friday. But sometimes, let’s face it, we all get tired of doing the same thing over and over again. Like food! If we ate the same meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for two or more years, wouldn’t that be boring? Wouldn’t it eventually become harder and harder to stomach? It would for me (though I may also just be a hobbit who appreciates a good meal)!
If we’re working on our Project of Awesome with the intent of finishing by a certain date, it’s wonderful that we not only have that long term goal, but the daily short-term goals, as well—my 500 words a day, for example. But what happens when other things start to interest us, and our project becomes more of a monotonous strain to reach our daily word count goal? What happens when the project you were so excited about is draining you more than exciting you?
Well, a lot of mediocre writing, or a lot of inner pain, to be honest. It’s no fun to work on something you aren’t excited about. And I’m talking more short-term here. If you still want to publish your novel, great—you haven’t lost sight. But if, in the here and now, you aren’t excited about the daily work, that’s okay up to a certain point. But if it is to the point where the words “grueling” and “excruciating” are beginning to resonate with you, it’s time to take action.