Happy New Year.
It’s still January 2021, and I’m gonna stay 30 years old (Officially-speaking) for just another week or so.
I’ve been typing a bit today on the next Demon Hunter book, but feeling like I’m a bit slower than I’d like.
The story is flowing, but I’m putting in dams along that river.
My problem is I think too much when typing rough draft. I like to just go wild, but since I finished re-editing Demon Scroll I’m stuck in the perfectionism that comes on during edits. I want the sentences to sound good now. I want the details and voices and characters to pop off at the fullest in rough draft.
That kind of writing takes longer. Time is a limiter for all of us, and I know if I can just get words down 15% faster, as I’ve seen myself do as recently as early December, I can get more books done more easily. That said, the factor that is more dangerous than running out of hours each day is running out of stamina.
Mental energy isn’t always well-understood, but without it nothing gets written or edited, no matter how long I stare at the page. The good news? Each of us can rebuild that same energy by relaxing, by going with the flow.
The way I relax is the real inhibitor.
That tells me I only have one skill to master to write as fast and as much as I want.
I need to relax.
I need to get out of my head and into my fingers.
It’s 2021 folks. That’s my entire goal this year.
Good luck out there. Find your flow.
Thanks for reading.