A couple of weeks ago, the author Simon P Clark wrote an interesting post on the Writers’ & Artists’ blog called Writing Is Worth It. (You can read the full blog posting here: https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/2014/09/writing-is-worth-it)
In it he discusses the joy of having his first novel published. He makes the comment that now he’s had a novel published it’s easy to forget the journey to this destination. Writing is hard work. Writing takes commitment. Writing takes dedication. Writing takes precedence over a lot of other stuff that would be much more fun to do at the time. But that commitment is worth it. Only we know what the end goal is. Many may say that we are wasting our time but if we have the desire to finish a writing project then it is not time wasted … if we finish it. It is only time wasted if we start a writing project and do not finish it in one way or another. So don't let their negative thoughts influence our thinking process.
It’s so easy to become disheartened when tackling a big writing project. It’s at this point where the wheels can come off, and the decision to quit is made. Don’t. Keep going. The reward will be worth it in the end. It will taste so much sweeter, because only we know what it took to achieve it.
Some of you may be considering attempting this years NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), where the aim is to get 50,000 words written in November. One of the points about this exercise is to get writers to keep writing, no matter how they feel. You have to write 50,000 words, not 50,000 words of perfect prose. That’s the next step. But it’s much easier to perfect the prose once you have a first draft. So don't give up on the first draft, because it will be worth it.
The next time someone tells you that you won’t finish your big writing project, whatever that may be, thank them for their comments but file them somewhere appropriate. Because when you do complete it, it will be worth it to you.