“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.” – Beatrix Potter
As a person who loves to travel I have always been a firm believer that a trip should not be so much about the destination but about enjoying the journey itself. And now it would seem that this belief has crossed over into my writing journey as well.
At first my main focus was to finish the first draft of my manuscript. I worked out a word count schedule to get me there, did character layouts and a detailed story outline. But now I find that the more I write, the more I am taking pleasure in the actual creative process of watching my characters develop and seeing the story take shape.
I have developed an appreciation for where I am in my story right now instead of focusing on how far I still have to go and in freeing my mind in this way it has opened the creative door wider than I ever thought possible. In ignoring the pressure to be productive I have become more creative and find myself often writing far more than what my original word count goals prescribed. And then, occasionally, I write less… yet feel the same sense of triumph for the day’s work.
Most of us live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day, putting pressure on ourselves to complete tasks as quickly as possible but if we do each thing calmly and with the passion it deserves it will get done faster and with much less stress. I want to enjoy the adventure of writing this manuscript as much as I am hoping to experience a sense of fulfilment once it is completed.
Now is the time to enjoy being ‘here’ without the stress of rushing ‘there’.
“The function of the first daft is to help you figure out your story. The function of every draft after that is to figure out the most dramatic way to tell that story.” – Darcy Pattinson