Keep Writing. Be Persistent.

A FEW WEEKS AGO I WAS HAVING TROUBLE KEEPING GOING WITH MY MANUSCRIPT.  I did two things. 
1. Two other writers and I formed a MasterMind Group where we check in each week to see where we are with our goals.  The first two weeks of this experience was great for me.  I was extremely productive.  I also had a deadline which helped keep me on task.

2. I emailed some writers and asked them what they did.
Here is an answer about “keeping going”  from an experienced writer.

I hear your frustration.  Everything I’ve read says you have to be in it for the long haul.  Persistance is the key.  I’ve finally finished after 8 years.  It doesn’t mean I couldn’t fuss over it some more.  Even published writers say when they look at one of their published works they see things they’d change, but nothing’s ever perfect.  i’m sending it out again and starting my second book.  Perhaps, you should concentrate on the rest for awhile then go back with a revised perpective.

 

I’m in a good writing group and the reactions of members to the revision process is telling.  There are several who won’t do it at all.  Just send the first draft out and revision be dammed.  I get tired of listening to their stuff over and over again without any improvements. 

 

My closest writer friends are a study in contrasts.  One, in her 50’s, just got an agent and is working on the process.  Her agent wants her to begin her second book.  The other one is 28 and has had her manuscript out to several agents.  They like it, but turn it down.  She’s rewriting but talking about giving up.  That would be a shame because she is very talented.  Won an award.  I wish I could write as easily as she can.  She’s a good critiquer though.

 

Hope this helps.  I’m just plugging away.  Pat Thompson