Itching to get the novel done.
Itching to send out the query letter.
Itching to get published.
Chocolate does not always assuage this itch, and I have to do something a little more drastic. Writing in my journal helps. So does praying.
I must constantly remind myself that slowing down and enjoying the process is worth it.
We live in an age where we want everything now. But that's not always a good thing. Doing something well often takes time. And we must allow ourselves the time we need to do the best job possible.
I want to write the best book I can - every time. Each story demands it. As the creator, it's my job to honor that demand.
So yes, I could submit to the culture of "now" and whip out my novel as fast as possible. I could cut corners and skimp on the message. I could choose the "good enough" word instead of the "best" word. I could throw together a hackneyed plot. I could skim the surface of my characters instead of digging deep into their psyche.
|Learn a lesson from Kathryn: slow down (and take lots of naps).|