Sunday, August 1, 2010
The Immature Writer
Remember those awkward days of puberty? When your body's chemistry threw you in for several loops and you had to learn from ground zero all over again?
Well, that's how I feel about finding time with my writing. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE writing with the passion. It's the blood that runs through me. But I can't help but feel lost, trapped almost, about it.
Example: How can I stop feeling as if I'm indulging myself and neglecting my family as I edit?
Editing is very challenging. I love challenging things, like a complicated math problem and the euphoria of finding the solution.
Another challenge I face: a critique group.
How can I keep up crit'ing others' stuff along with my own WIP? To add to the blow, I feel as if I'm hitting the reset button every time someone hands me their crits of my work, because on top of that, it's already a nonstop project for my own edits. I do know just how vital it is to have a group behind a writer. I know that there are lone writers out there too that have done just as splendidly with out.
I want to pull my hair out! I know that it's all a state of mind, what I'm going through. I feel like an adolescent trying to find her way again but through writing life.
Something I asked a friend of mine the other day that I would like to know from you. How do you crit others' work and your own with out dislodging your own need of completion? And when do you find time to do both?