Is looking back at old writing and thinking to yourself: wow, this is where I came from.
I feel that a lot when I browse through work that made it through my ‘get rid of all the things I’m embarrassed to have written’ phase (before I remembered that no matter how much you hate something you’ve written, you should always keep your work.) I’ve done a lot of that lately and have found that I actually like the things that I’ve written. Even things that I thought were really bad. Some things I look at and wonder why I never finished because even if the work needs a bit of polishing there’s something there that can be used.
It’s a good lesson for not giving up, and for keeping up with the craft and improving.
After a nice little break from work because of Easter, it’s back in the grind. This time, it’s taking on revisions, and as little as revisions actually frustrate me, I’ve come to realize with writing that sometimes clients don’t tell you exactly what they want from you until after you’ve given them something that wasn’t what they expected of you.
Long story short, I now need to make something that would have been roughly 20K when finished into something no more than 12K.
The good thing is, I’m fairly good at condensing. The bad thing is, planning for the kinda development a longer project takes and making it smaller is… a task. A task I’m more than willing to take on (money is money and I still get to do what I like, so where can I really complain?)
I’ve managed to cut/re-write a decent portion of the piece in question. Now it’s sitting and waiting for client approval.
In the meantime, I’ve started on another project, writing something of my own. I haven’t done that in what feels like forever, but hopefully between work, work, and work, I can find time to just sit down and do it 🙂
Now that Easter ‘break’ has passed and I’ve settled (somewhat) into a routine for work, I figured it’s a good time to set writing goals for myself so I can actually… get to writing my own stories as opposed to only writing the things I do for ghost writing.
So, with a small bit of self discipline I figure:
- 2,000 words a day, per week, towards a new short story.
- The occasional 5-minute drabble challenge to practice on quick writing.
- Learning not to edit while writing so I can actually get to writing.
I think those are pretty good goals. I have to write about that much a day for my job as it is, so I figure it’s not too much of a stretch for me to do it for myself, either.
Worst case scenario, I burn out and have to take it slower.
Best case scenario, I actually get work done on all the projects I’ve been putting off/on hold.