Hard to believe a week has passed and I’ve missed my self imposed deadlines of writing a blog entry twice a week, but this week I feel it was time better spent. No, I didn’t lock myself away in a hotel room and pen my next masterpiece, I did something far more important. I laid the foundation.
Writing is a lonely art, as I am sure many of my readers have experienced, it can be a thankless task, with only your own internal critic to share your efforts with. I enjoy my late night inspiration-fueled writing and the studying of the craft, but I found I was limited in a number of ways.
Firstly, I had no feedback loop for my new writing, no basis to be objective in my rewrites and no voice over my shoulder saying keep at it. Secondly, I was alone in my research and evaluation of my chosen techniques. I had no sounding board for my ideas and found my motivation to keep going, beginning to fade. I was in a bind. Continue reading