One thing I’m coming to terms with while honing my writing skills is that I need to have a certain amount of patience.
Now this is certainly not something that comes particularly easy for me, I’m usually trying to race ahead to the finish line without really concentrating much on the journey. This means that the result is generally not as good as it could be. Knowing this only serves to make me feel worse about the way I have been working.
I have been making notes for when particular writing competitions are due and trying to schedule when to write all of my entries, but in doing so I’m concentrating more on getting a finished product together rather than worrying what it actually looks like (more on this in my next post, Quality or Quickness).
Writing doesn’t necessarily have to be a slow process, it depends largely how much time you can devote to it each week I suppose. Once momentum gathers things can fly along quite nicely. It does need patience though, to take the time to make sure everything is as good as it can be instead of sending it off as soon as you think you need to. It’s a hard thing to do, playing the long game and waiting for the rewards. I’m sure that over time this is by far the better way.
It had better be anyway …