Recently I was pondering how my writing has changed over the years and over the last few months.
When I was a much younger writer I was in such a hurry all the time. I remember how the ideas would flood my mind and I would feverishly write them down so they wouldn’t be lost forever.
I remember the passion and the fervor.
I also remember how quickly I had to get my ideas written up in blog posts and published. I would often get an idea, write it up right there in WordPress, proofread immediately, and then hit PUBLISH. This took all of two to three hours, at most.
It was almost like I had to write this awesome idea right then and there or else it would be lost forever. And Lord knows, if one of my ideas is lost then the whole world missed out on something amazing. (** wink **)
I look back on those old blogs and I can see and sense the haste at which I wrote them.
That writing was forced.
There was no discipline or patience.
It is no wonder I burned out within a few short months every single time I tried this writing thing leaving me unfulfilled and passionless.
I have grown and matured since publishing those hasty and rushed blogs.
My love for writing has grown deeper and wider.
There are two main lessons I have learned here:
Write first for me.
In previous attempts, I was so focused on getting my writing out into the world that I pushed it out too soon. There was no time for the words and ideas to mature.
And then there came a time that out of desperation, I started to write for no one but myself. I have no idea how many words I wrote just trying to keep my head above the waters of depression. I just know it was a ton. I probably have a book in there somewhere.
The writing was my therapy. And as I went through that therapy I learned to slow down. I learned to take my time as I wrote out my thoughts and climbed out of that pit.I learned you can't rush the healing process and you can't rush the writing process either. Click To Tweet
I wrote first for myself.
I found my voice.
And I learned how to be vulnerable and authentic in that unique voice.
I found ME.
And in so doing, I learned…
Don’t Rush the Process
Writing is a process. It is not a once and done thing. How arrogant was I to think that I could spew out words and immediately hit publish and it is quality, truthful, honest, and vulnerable?
Want to know my new process?
- The birth of a new idea.
- Write idea down in writer’s notebook.
- Ponder the idea. Stew over it.
- Write about the idea in 1000 words a day writing session.
- Write a blog post on the idea.
- Let blog post sit for at least a day.
- Add other blog post essentials (pictures, upgrades, etc.)
What was once a feverish couple hour process has become a multiple day project.
My writing process has matured and so my writing is getting the time and respect it deserves.
And in so doing readers are getting the respect they deserve because they are getting a complete ME through my words.
Slow down. Don’t rush.
Give the ideas the time they need to mature and grow.
Write Daily. Write for yourself first.
Respect your audience by giving them your best self and best writing. Click To Tweet
And no matter what….
Don’t give up!
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