Writing has its highs and lows. While I’d been doing quite well, my new job has taken over my time hugely, and so my writing isn’t quite going to plan. I’m behind on my self-imposed deadlines, and finding it harder and harder to fit it in day to day. Rather, I squeeze it in at the weekends, alongside all the other things like house work, seeing friends and family, and resting.
It’ll get better
First and foremost; it’ll get better. These times are here to try us, but they don’t last. If you’re committed enough to even feel the guilt and worry when you’re behind on your writing, then you’re committed enough to get back to it and work through the struggles. I once took a whole year out of writing, and still managed to get back to it – so it DOES get better, I promise.
Even a little is enough
I’m a firm believer that a little every day is enough. And I’m becoming increasingly aware that a little ANYTIME is enough. You can only do what you can do, you can only spare the time you’ve got, and if you manage a little in those moments then you are still making progress.
You started, so you can finish
Starting is hard. Really hard. There’s so much that goes into writing a novel, and even diving in to write those first words takes bravery and a willingness to make mistakes. It’s the toughest part of the journey, and if you’ve managed that, you can finish it too.
You’re allowed a break
Really struggling? Just take a break. There’s no harm in taking a break from writing, in fact there can be great benefits to this too. And, most importantly, you need to be kind to yourself, and if that means easing some of the pressure, then do it!
You’re not alone
There is an amazing online writing community, full of people who understand the highs and lows. And when you join that community you realise you’re not alone. It can be easy to assume everybody is thriving but you, but actually, there will always be people in your position too. It’s really reassuring, and you’ll find so much support and encouragement.
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Keep writing (if, and when you can!)