My husband loves to wash dishes. It’s not one of my favorite chores. I like scrubbing sinks. He doesn't seem to notice the scum at the bottom of the sink. We have found a comfortable division of household labor. Generally we’re both responsible for chores we enjoy, or at least we’re able to avoid the ones we hate.
Writers aren't always that lucky. There are many aspects of a writer’s life, and most writers spend a majority of their time in the role that is in their comfort zone.
Here are just some of the pieces of the process.
- Generating ideas
- Writing the first draft
The list could go on….
I recently heard Linda Sue Park, Newberry Award winning author of A Single Shard, talk about the role of Writer vs. Author. She felt marketing, speaking engagements and other promotional activities required her author’s hat, and the actual writing called for her writer’s hat. She seems to have balanced both roles well.
I like the early stages of working on a manuscript. That’s my sweet spot. My critique group keeps me moving through the revision process. I realized I needed to push myself to submit my work. The realization alone was not going to make it happen for me, so I have allotted 2 to 3 hours a month for that piece of the writing process.
Where’s your sweet spot and where do you need to push yourself? Once you know where you need an extra push, schedule it into your writing life. Amazing things happen when we move out of our comfort zone!
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