Write at Your Own Pace

One thing I’ve learned about writing and blogging over the past few years, is that working at my own pace is imperative. I’ve read countless articles and blog posts about time management in writing sessions. I’ve read about scheduling this, pencling in that, even charting exactly what tasks to do at exactly what time as far as networking and reviews and so forth.

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People tend to excel when they have a little bit of order and control. They also like to hold themselves accountable based on their adherence to the schedule they set. And, although this does work well for some people, many people actually, it just isn’t for me… and that is OKAY too! There is nothing wrong with moving at your own pace! I think a lot of us need the reminder sometimes.

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I’ve had a weird year, by means of centering my inner core. I’ve been doing some soul searching, and I’ve made some interesting discoveries. One in particular is that I don’t like to be rushed. (huh, mom? lol)  I’ve known this fact about myself since the beginning of time, but recently I realized that even though I get so upset and wind up doing the exact opposite of what is expected of me when I’m rushed by others… I STILL rush myself! What a conundrum, right? I know I’m not alone in this either, so if you can relate then stick around and hear me out!

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You see there’s a difference in setting timely goals and trusting yourself to accomplish them as you’re meant to (as in your own timing as inspiration strikes), than to set daily goals that are beyond your means and forcing yourself to squeeze them in! As a writer, I tend to be moody, again I know that I’m not alone. I’ve really slowed down on my blog posts, and you know what’s weird, is that my book sales are just about the same as they were a few months ago when I was blogging daily… definitely strange. On a paralleled note, I feel a little free-er, if that makes sense. I don’t feel like I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel for something to write about. Which in turn gives me a little more creative energy to write what I WANT to, publication wise.

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I FEEL like I’m writing for me again, and not what’s expected or what may or may not impress others. We all begin writing for the love of the written word, for the love of creation, for the love of BOOKS. Sometimes getting back in tune with the love of writing, rather than the expectation of it is just the refresher we need. I can officially say that I’m excited about what the next few years will bring about in this little writing career of mine, and I hope that other authors reading this can share the same excitement of their own. Work at a pace that is right for you!!!  Write because you love it!!! Write for yourself first!!

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. AJ Wright says:

    I could not agree more

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  2. kristianw84 says:

    I completely agree with you! I feel like I can tell when a post is written more for what is expected and not something the writer actually feels, and I don’t want my posts to feel that way. I’ve always write what I feel, but then again, I’ve never really cared about the stats. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!! I love your blog!!

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    1. I love yours too!! I’ll be doing my WIP challenge again for July, I think I’ll post it on Friday. I hope you give me more of Michael!

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  3. Lexiboyce says:

    Great post. I see others posting daily and it’s quite intimidating. I post two—maybe three times a month. I love to write, but this is truly the best I can do. I’ve only been writing a year and have learned so much since then. I’m not talented enough to push out a post every day or so. One can only dream.
    Maybe one day…

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    1. It IS intimidating. I completely agree. It’s hard to feel like you’ve used up your creative energy somewhere other than where you love most. I know that feeling all TOO well 🤗 Thanks for reading!! ❤

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  4. tockwith says:

    Agreed. Even as an early days blogger, I have learned to just ‘be myself,’ is so important. Will 1000’s read my blog, no of course not…but actually the occasional heartfelt response is worth far more than thst to me.😁

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    1. Very well said, my friend. I couldn’t agree more 🙂

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  5. Did, those are my exact sentiments. Anything forced is bound to lead to frustration as I’ve learned throughout the years. I’d felt it necessary to blog at least three times a week, as well as earn a living, and write my books. That was too much pressure and a spiral to burnout. Now I blog when necessary, at a pace all my own. Great post!

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    1. Isn’t life so much more enjoyable this way?! I love that we share this approach! You’re an amazing writer, so keep doing things EXACTLY as you are ❤🤩

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