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Friday, June 18, 2010

Baby Steps

Okay folks, I've come to a realization. I'm not going to write a book by racing through the whole writing process. I know, shocking;) In fact, it's going to take a lot of time. See, my attitude has been Holy crap! I've got to finish this thing! Kind of like it's a one step deal - write the book, end of story. But it's not like that. (Yes, I know you have to edit and all that fun stuff, but I'm not there yet.) Writing a book takes a series of steps. There's no cheating allowed, no skipping anything, no writing so fast that you start and end with a book deal in three months.

It. Is. Going. To. Take. Time.

You know, like taking baby steps. And each step will get you that much closer to your dreams. Sure, sometimes you're going to fall down, but you need to pick yourself up, dust off those doubts, and push on.

Baby steps.

So have you come to any realizations lately?

19 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh you are so right! I hate admitting this too, I just came to the realization yesterday.

    I told my husband "I want it now!!!" crying like a toddler and the hubs replied "Nothing worth having comes easy" and he's right.

    So today I'm telling myself to let the story marinate, give myself time and the words will flow, the revising will happen and in time I'll be great!

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  2. You're right on the nose with this one. Something I struggle with too. I have to remind myself every morning before I sit down and write that brilliance takes time and a whole lotta hard work. :) One day at time. One sentence at a time. One word at a time. That's all you can really do.

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  3. Yup, today's realization is that I'll probably never be as rich as I need to be. :0)

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  4. I have come to realize that I have to write all day tomorrow for doing not one word today :( *what a slacker*

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  5. Is there something slower than baby-steps? Yep...that's me! :)

    We'll get there together.

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  6. It *does* take time. It's something people don't always understand - they think you can just knock it out and be done with it. But the pondering etc is all part of the process!

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  7. Ahh.. I've come to the same realization recently too. I'm so anxious to be finished with it, but I have to keep reminding myself to be patient.

    I just want to say I'm DONE, I wrote a whole book, you know? But, I know-baby steps, slow and steady :)

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  8. I've come to pretty much the same realization. I'm not really fast at anything. I have one speed. One. It's the same with reading, I can only read so fast and I can only write so fast. That's just me. I'll finish when I'll finish and as long as there is progress, I'm happy. :)

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  9. Yep. I realized I probably would not look good as a blonde. I hate when life just smacks you in the face like that ;)

    Seriously, though, excellent analogy. That desire to finish is so strong--and certainly, let it drive you. But patience is a must in this business. But you'll make it. I know you will. Hang in there, and if you need any encouragement email me this note:

    Code Salmon

    You'll be hearing from me in no time. PS. Salmon is my favorite fish, my favorite color, and they swim upstream. That's why.

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  10. Only the same, painful realization that you just came to... :)

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  11. I realized it a while ago - and then I stopped writing. Now I feel ready to begin again with baby steps just like you said. I'm not a fast writer either and I need to accept that.

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  12. Editing never seems to end and I wonder if it ever really does. ;)

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  14. i get that "holy crap! gotta finish this thing!" attitude a lot and it kills me. so refreshing to just take a breath and take it slow. glad your starting to take time. :]

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  15. We have had an epiphany as well. We must keep writing no matter what. It's during the breaks where we start to lose it and fall victim to endless email refreshing and self-doubt. NO LONGER. So, it's onto the next project! Woohoo!

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  16. I've come to realize I can't look too far ahead or I freeze. I have to focus on the very next thing and push the rest to the side :)

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  17. Great way to put it! I like to rush ahead but I'm slowly coming to terms with the idea that writing is a gradual process. VERY gradual. Every little bit counts, even if it's just 500 words... those 500 words are bringing me closer to the end.

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