February’s writing goal has been going really well! So far I’ve managed to make every day save four, which I think is pretty good. I’ve been dividing up the 750 words between my poetry doc titled “The Only Time We Forgot” which is at 3,226 words and my flash fiction doc simply titled “750” which is at 1536 words. And I feel pretty good about everything I’ve done.
So recently I’ve been feeling stuck. Like I’m going in circles with my creativity and not going anywhere. And I’ve actually been a little bit scared that I don’t have what it takes to write a novel anymore. I know that’s dumb, but all I’ve been writing since November is poetry and flash fiction, and I’ve just been sort of scared that I don’t have the patients or the creativity to write a novel. To top it all off, this month has been going so well and is ending rather quickly, so I’ve been dreading my goal for March. My goal for next month is to pick something and completely edit/revise it for the whole of the month, and I’ve been planning to do a novel.
I was talking about this to my husband, whose also a writer (I guess I haven’t told you all much about him) today and he was being lovely and encouraging. He ended up giving some really great pointers on how to help myself edit and so I’ve been feeling a lot better about myself and my abilities and next month’s goals.
The point though, of telling you this, is to ask if you have any thoughts or advice on editing. Maybe something that helps you edit when you’re in a slump, or how you get it all done. Editing is such a daunting task and I would be very grateful to get as much help as I can. So thank you all in advance, I really really appreciate it.