WIP: The Curse of Progress


I have found one problem particularly troublesome in my writing: many times I start a project, get some good work done on it (as in, work I don’t want to delete), then change to another project for a period of time before coming back to it. Then, when I do get back to work on it some time later, I find that my thinking about how to do a project has evolved into something Much Better, and much of my time and energy is used in trying to connect the older work to the new way of thinking. The times when I can start a project and go straight through to the end are incredibly productive. The times when I do not, are not.

It’s kind of a curse of progress: I’ve been getting significantly better at the art and craft of writing books, so whenever I continue a project, the first thing I need to do is to apply all the new things I’ve learned. Instead of writing more words.

Most of my current projects are slowed by this problem. When I finally get clear of it, I hope I can get to a place where I can finish the projects I start before changing to something else, and maybe I can. In the past, I believed that writing a book would and should take a long time. I no longer believe that.

What I would give to have back the time I lost believing the terrible myths of publishing.

  • New fiction words: 1100, a struggle
  • New weblog words: 300

I should change to a system of doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING until I complete my daily quota of words. Maybe I will, even though we will be moving this week, and my time and energy will pay a price.