Listen, writers, we need to talk.
As lonely as writing can be, sometimes it can be even lonelier when you see your writing buddies or role models slapping down more words and publishing more successful books than you are.
It’s easy to forget we’re unique. That we have circumstances or skills or brains different from everyone else. That our writing process and output should be different from everyone’s.
We often find ourselves believing that if we don’t write or edit or outline like someone else, there’s something wrong or weird with our process.
You feel the need to justify yourself and your process for being… you.
Seriously, writers? Knock it off.
Your process is perfect, unless it’s not working for you, in which case, change it. It’s really that simple.
You’re pretty great yourself, and it doesn’t matter that you’re not like the million other writers out there. In fact, it’s good that you’re not.
There’s nothing wrong with writing slower than others. There’s nothing wrong with having multiple story ideas or focusing on one at a time. There’s nothing wrong with loving revisions or hating them.
If you’re writing and you’re editing, and it’s working for you — your book gets completed — why are you so worried about what you’re doing compared to what others are?
Why does it matter?
Why do you think you should work and think and operate like everyone else?
What’s the harm in being you?
What’s the harm in embracing being you?
If there’s one mistake I see writers make, it’s spending too much time worried about their work in relation to others.
Fingers on the keyboard. Pen on the paper. Write. Write until your book is finished. Edit until it shines. Put it out into the world.
That’s all you need to do.