Why it’s okay to take the time you need

I was supposed to have completed the revision of That which is Left is Lost around this time; that was the plan. But I’m only about a quarter of the way through the whole novel, with the scenes completed the ones that needed minor edits. There are a lot more major alterations to be made in the third part of the novel. As it is then, I’m going to have to readjust my expectations and my schedule.

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Don’t follow someone else’s path

This is the significant aspect of any successful project. You have to constantly assess and reflect on your progress and input this into the given time frame you have allocated for it. Very rarely does any type of project go according to plan. So while I could be disappointed by the slow going, I’m not. I’m realistic enough to understand and accept that this is the first time I have revised a novel and there will be hurdles and wrong turns. Heck, I could even have calculated my journey incorrectly – thinking I was going to travel in a luxurious limo when, in fact, the terrain is clearly made for walking.

Writing a novel is taking a lot longer than I anticipated. The actual writing of it still seems like the easy part, in my opinion. The polishing up of that writing is taking me far longer than any other process so far. Is it supposed to be this way? I have no idea, I’ve never done this before. I could scour the internet and compare myself to other writers. But, what would be the point in that? Not only are they different people to me, but they are writing different books too and may very well be in a completely different place with regard to the process and experience. It’s not really a fair comparison.

So, I think it’s important to remember when learning a craft that it’s unique to you. No two people will follow the same path nor do it the same way. It will take longer to master certain parts of the process for individual people. I think I’ve got the writing itself pretty well worked out – but it took me a long time to find an editing process that would work for me and it’s taking me more time than I thought to make the necessary revisions that I want to get done. Whereas I know other writers who struggle to get the actual words on the page, yet when they do the editing is much easier for them.

At the end of it all I want to get this right; which means putting in the time and hard work being proud of the novel I finally share with the world. We shouldn’t be ashamed that, sometimes, it takes us longer to get to the high standards we set for ourselves. In reality, we only really fail if we give up because we compare ourselves to people who are too dissimilar for a fair comparison. This is your journey; and you’ll get there in the end.

slow progress

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2 responses to “Why it’s okay to take the time you need

  1. I think this is very good advice! It’s easy to look slow-moving progress in anything as taking too long, rather than reassessing and seeing it as all a part of the process. Sometimes I get disheartened that it’s taking me so long to teach myself to sew, I wanted to be sewing my own clothing within a year and I haven’t even started yet, but I think it’s important to be happy with my own pace! Thanks! 🙂

    • Thanks Hayley, glad you find it good advice! I admire you for learning how to sew and aspiring to make your own clothes; i have a friend that does this and she amazes me with her skill! Mind, it’s taken her years of practice and a fair few false starts.
      Think we’d do well to remember that it’s not often we see the initial attempts of most and often behind the success we see others achieve is a lot of hard work and patience.

      Thanks for stopping by to comment. Good luck with your sewing; keep it up!
      Take care, Cat

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