Self Sabotage.

When writing a non blog related piece, I came across a quote that really resonated with me and made me feel a lot better about my writing. The quote was by famous Chinese philosopher Confucius that read;

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop”

It made me feel better about my writing due to the fact I haven’t felt to happy about my progress recently. I’ve made a lot of progress since I started focusing more on my writing about year or so ago, but what really gets me sometimes is the fact I started writing my book almost two years ago and I’m only now half(ish) way through.

I set my self a goal earlier this year and I’m starting to realise that it’s starting to have more of a negative effect on my writing. I set myself the goal of having the first draft done by the second anniversary of starting the book in a few months time. It was a reasonable goal to set myself that has slowly decreased in likelihood due to a lack of focus and a few issues with procrastination and writer’s block.

The problem began when I didn’t let the goal go. I am not saying you should give up on a goal as soon as it starts going wrong, you should always pursue your goal right until the end. What I am saying is that pursuing a failing goal starts to become counter productive. At that point I recommend taking a moment to re-evaluate before giving it another go. For some reason I couldn’t bring my self to admit my goal wasn’t working out and continued to strive for it. When things didn’t go exactly go how I planned, I felt bad about my self. Because I kept aiming for that goal, it only made it slip further and further away as I continuously felt like I wasn’t making progress.

IF I wanted to I could probably pick up the effort levels and get somewhat close to my goal, but I’m not sure I want to. The quote really made me take a moment to think about my goal. I am still going to work on my book, I can’t just give up on something I’ve wanted for this long because it didn’t work out exactly as I planned. Instead of focusing on when I get it done, I plan on focusing on the quality of my work. Yes it has taken me almost 2 years to get where I am, but writing book is no easy feat. For now I’m just going to focus on getting this one done right no matter how long it takes. If/when I write another, then (and only then) will I try to pick up the pace.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Recently I’ve been struggling with working on the redraft of my novel. I know what I need to write, but each time I sit down at the keyboard the motivation to put words down on a page just dries up.
    This quote sums up working on these larger writing projects perfectly. As long as you’re making progress, no matter how small, that’s what really matters.


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