This is a question that usually takes me a little while to come up with an answer and it wasn’t until I realised that one pet peeve tended to manifest itself into another, that I discovered there were actually quite a few. So with my answer for this month, I’ve come up with what I’d like to call ‘The Illustrated Guide to my Writing Process’.
1. I’m a perfectionist.
2. Being a perfectionist makes me a slow writer.
3. Being a slow writer means I think about things a lot more.
4. Thinking too much leads to self-doubt.
5. Self-doubt leads to stalling tactics.
6. Stalling tactics eventually leads back to No.1 (no pun intended 😉 ).
Yet, somewhere between pet peeves 1 and 4, I do actually manage to get the writing done (and that includes re-writes), otherwise, there’s not much point. In order to write, one must persevere, despite setbacks.
Realistically, looking at those peeves that I’ve mentioned, these are self-induced. I have allowed myself to believe in the negativity that had accompanied my writing ambitions for many years.
With the writing process, comes a learning process regarding ourselves as writers. And that can be the longest (and hardest) process of all.
Do you have a similar writing process? Are you a perfectionist? Do you have trouble concentrating sometimes? What are your pet peeves when writing?
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