One of the hardest things an author has to do during the process of writing, editing, and publishing, is figuring out when to stop. It’s a hamster wheel. Heck, I don’t often read my own books, not because I don’t love them, but because I ALWAYS find something I want to fix. It’s so hard to just…stop. Of course, as I just pulled the trigger on NIGHT WISH–which is live now, by the way–the idea of clinging to a WIP is on my mind. And of course, the Universe is right on top of things.
Often, Silver, having what you want is a function of letting go of what you have.
If you know what I mean.
Odd, huh, Silver, the stuff some folks cling to?
It is odd, though I finally broke the habit. Well, mostly. Way back in 2006, a friend told me about National Novel Writing Month. The whole premise is to write a book of at least 50K words during the month of November. I’ve done it every year. And I’ve won it every year. More than a few of the books written during NaNo have gone on to publication. I would never have finished SEASON OF THE WITCH, my first NaNo project without figuring out how to stop clinging. In 11 days, I’ll be participating in my 15th NaNo. And when December 1st comes around, I’ll have a new book done, turned in, and I won’t be clinging onto it. Writers, do you cling? And readers, what do you cling to?