breakthrough

As previously mentioned, I’ve definitely been struggling with motivation lately. My brain feels that the book is done and there’s no longer any need to think about it anymore. As I type this I realise that I’m the same in all areas of my life. In maths I stop being interested once I’ve got the concept behind the proof. I don’t feel the need to work through the teeny details.

Having said that, I have finally had a breakthrough today. I realised that it’s not about writing a book that is “good enough” by some standard, it’s about writing a book that I would be proud of. I forced myself to think about what I’m going to do with this book when I’m finished it (if I don’t win the hotkey books competition!) I realised that I want to be able to submit a book to editors+agents that I would be happy for them to publish as is. That I would be proud if they published as is. Now I know they won’t publish as is, but I need to get it to a stage where I would be happy if they did.

I hope that makes sense to you. In any case it makes sense to me and has given me the encouragement to work hard at my novel again. Success!

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