On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Fear In It's Many Forms

Bottom line at the top: Do it anyway, despite the fear.

I've been getting the heebie jeebies about Heart Change (and I just wrote Heart Fate and had to retype which shows that this is an ongoing thing and I've spoken of it before). The problem is, I sometimes spend too much time analyzing what is bothering me instead of just planting the bottom in the chair and writing.

In pretty much order I've experienced the following;

I'm not meeting my wordcount deadline.
I'm not going to be able to finish the book.
This is complicated and how am I going to make it work? I'm not going to be able to make it work.
I'm going over wordcount.
Too much is going on at one time, too many subplots that are not dovetailing.

And the last couple of days:
I know what I want to write and I want it so BADLY to be perfect and right and I won't find the right words to make it match my vision...and that's probably true.

I have my list of what the end of the book must look like, so I'm solid there. Some items have even been crossed off.

So what I did to get over the fear was to do another list of the scene I need to write. One item may be a paragraph or two, the next several pages, but at least it's in my head...and I can print it out and fear won't jumble my thoughts and fingers enough to make me miss something...

May you fight the good fight and win today.



Blogger Suzane in VT said...

It seems like your muse is striving for perfection right from the get-go and so is pushing you in that direction. Bad muse. Patience, Patience.

A wise author once told me that the first draft is always just plain crap, so just get what's in your head down first, before starting to whittle away, move around and fix. For now let the words flow through your fingers. It'll all work out.

Take a deep breath. Your books are great, so don't worry about that. You'll do just fine.

8:50 AM  
Blogger Robin D Owens said...

Thanks, yes, of course! And I should really be taking my own advice in that matter, too.

6:23 PM  

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