The highs and lows of writing a novel are pretty intense. I have felt like I reached breaking point more than once.
If I had followed online advice about how I should write every day, or how I should plot every scene, or climb every mountain. Chances are I wouldn’t still be working on my story now.
You can’t always write every day, sometimes you start and you get nowhere, and you have to go away and rethink and replan, and then you start, and you get so far, and then things need changing.
Because plans don’t always plan out, things don’t always look the way on paper the way they do in your head. Because of a million little reasons that set you back again and again.
And then you look online for advice only to be told you need to be on it all. the. time.
You know what helps me?
Ignoring all of that, working through the story a piece and a time, and finding a fellow writer to howling at the moon with.
I get out, I stop, I *gasp* procrastinate.
And progress is still made, not fast progress, but better progress than writing a thousand words and then having to delete them because something needs to change.
One of the reasons I’m struggling so much is because I have a mammoth series I’m working on.
It’s taken world building, character building, plot building. For the whole series. Not down to the last detail, but at least enough so I know where I’m going and where I’m coming from.
Writing one single book would be much much easier. But it wouldn’t be right, not for this story. And so, I plot and I plan, and I struggle, and I do what I need to do when I need to do it.
And I fail. I fail so much. But then I rethink, and I get back up and I keep on going.
But don’t confuse with being told how to write with learning how to be a better writer.
But that is a post for another time. For now, just remember to try not to burn yourself out trying to write to someone else’s system.