Wednesday, April 6, 2016
The Insecure Writer and Doing the Math
Today is April's contribution to Alex Cavanaugh's Insecure Writers Support Group.
Why am I an Insecure Writer this month?
Because I've done the math, and it ain't looking good for me as a writer.
You've all heard me complain about being a slow writer before, so I won't dwell on it overmuch. It's who I am and their's no point in whining about it. As long as I'm having fun, that's all that matters.
Even so, I was determined to push my writing to the max this year. No more arriving at crit group meetings with nothing to submit. No week-long hiatuses with nothing to show for it but a few revised paragraphs. Just keep writing, I told myself, and I'll eventually reach "The End." And for the most part I've been pleased with the results. My story is taking shape, I've managed to bring something to both of my crit groups every month (well, almost), and the number of completed pages is growing.
But then I did the math.
To give all the writers in my groups a chance to be read, both of my crit groups generally limit submissions to 8-10 pages. One of the groups gets the first shot at critting my submissions; the second group sees them later, after I've made revisions based on the first group's comments. What this means, however, is that I'm progressing toward "The End" at the tepid pace of 10 pages a month, which means it will take me 25 months to complete a 250 page story. Arg!! My progress no longer seems quite so satisfying.
But it's still progress, and for that I'm thankful.
Are you satisfied with your writing pace?