Writerly Things 5/25/2020: How Chores are Like Writing
Everyday, we do things we like to and things we don’t like to. Most of the “don’t like to” falls under the category of chores. I know there are those obsessed with their lawns (like my neighbor next door). He mows continuously even on days when it rains. Living out in the country, I suppose I take a more relaxed approach to chores, lol. To be truthful, I’ve always put off things if I can get away with it.
How is This Like Writing?
When you first start a new project, you’re excited, on fire with the idea. As you go along, things start to wane, and you find yourself avoiding the writing chair. Sometimes it’s because you know you took a wrong turn in the story somewhere. Sometimes, it’s just that you don’t want to put the work in. But putting the work in is a must. The more you practice, the better the chances are that you’ll get published.
I hate to mow but the grass looks so much better when it’s done. Putting off the work doesn’t help us. In fact, it makes it harder in the end. When the grass is too tall, the mower stalls. And cutting the lawn is extremely aggravating. On the one hand, I’d like to relax on the swing set but then trouble steps in outdoors. Or all over the place as many things add up.
Doing it When it’s Manageable.
That’s the secret to keeping up with things. Not waiting. Simply, grinding through. If you’re having trouble getting to the next point, re-read what you have (or a portion of what you have, namely the last chapter to get your mind set on where you’re going) and then proceed. Sometimes a simple rereading of the material will strike up a new idea or a solution to where you’re at. Once you get going again, check your guidelines of your story and make sure you’re where you want to be. Unless the new idea has opened a new route that fits it and you hadn’t thought about it previously. If it works into the story, go ahead. If it warps the story beyond recognition, stop and consider what you’re trying to tell the reader. Is this the story you want to pursue?
The point is: when you chip away at the story daily, you’re going to see the whole picture. Where you’re going, where you’ve been. You’ll put all the angles to the test and figure out if it’s the direction you want to take. If you keep putting it off, it’ll go nowhere, and you’ll end up with a whole lot of weeds. Take care of what you can today and tomorrow will be easier to face.