With the industry running on a timeline of "What's next and WHEN?" I think there is this stress that pops up in the back of writers' minds that tells them they need to write, write, write... now, now, now! If you don't write at least X amount of words in X amount of days, this book will never get written. Someone will come out with a similar concept. You'll be lost in a shuffle, forgotten, and this other person has a million books coming out next month! Why can't I do that??
The thing is, when you start thinking about how many words you're writing, and not the words themselves, the quality of work suffers. If we're in such a rush to get somewhere, we forget to enjoy the process that gets us there. It used to take me two weeks to draft a novel, then months and months of editing. It now takes me months and months to draft... but it's because I've learned from those earlier novels. The more time I spend in my characters' world, the better the story is.
Deadlines suck, but they can be moved. Self imposed deadlines certainly can if it benefits your work. That's what I'm shooting for myself...to stop worrying about how many words I get down in a day and concentrate on what those words are doing for my book.
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