This past week it seemed like everything just piled up onto me. I had grand designs to zip through a few thousand words of my fantasy book when that idea fizzled out. More obligations pushed the creative side of my brain to the back, and I went into defense mode to make it through all the things that needed to get done in the real world.
As I was lamenting my lack of word count (barely 2,000 words this weekend) I realized that writing the epic novel is not a sprint – it’s a marathon. It needs to be paced, at least in my case. It’s more about the journey to get to the end than the actual culmination of the finished product. Because, let’s face it – as writers we get the most pleasure from actually crafting the story on the page. Once it’s all done, what else is there to do? Marketing does not give me the same thrill as going on a journey alongside my characters. Creativity is not endless, and the brain only has so much energy like the rest of our body.
So, if you too are writing a novel and frustrated that you can’t do a book every two months like the powerhouses of the indie world, just relax. As long as your bills are paid by the day job and you still have family and friends (when I can fit them in!) then you are doing just fine. The book will be finished and you will always have the memories of working on it throughout the months that it took to give it life.