As we start steering into the last few days of this Round of Words, it may be time to take stock of how you want to continue your future as a writer (or your future in whatever you choose to do). It might be that there is a new Round 3 approaching, it might be because I’ve been watching the sagging number of ROWers in the linky (I am one of the biggest offenders here, sorry to say). But some of it might be the things we’ve told ourselves as we plan our goals and writing careers.
One of the first things we old-timers probably have all come to accept is… Writing is work, often hard work. It’s definitely gratifying work. But the term “labor of love” starts with labor for a reason.
The reason I bring this up is that I’m often seeing in the exact opposite discussed in social media these days. And of course, there are the challenges like NaNoWriMo that suggest that yes, writing is hard but also suggest that it can be done quickly in a frenzy of energy and caffeine, and probably should… Not bad if you can pull it off, but then we come down to the next important thing to remember about writing: Editing is even harder work, (and it can’t be avoided). Even if it’s just a quick skim-through for consistency, the writer is not done just because she/he write “The End” on a page.
The journey of a writer often starts at those words.
So.. in keeping with this being a writing challenge that knows you have a life, remember when you consider your progress and start planning your goals for Round 3, to leave time for everything that makes you a writer. The easy parts, the hard parts… even the chocolate (follow ROWer Erin Zarro for her regular chocolate report).
Here’s an article on “Follow Your Passions” that inspired some of this post.
And here is your linky….