“A little progress each day adds up to big results…”
In December 2016, I published the following post Meet The Astro A Team & Counterparts! (Signs of the Zodiac Series) that promised Book #3, ‘Aligning the Signs’ would be released in 2017. Well, 2017 has been and gone but no book became available for purchase. I apologise for that. You see, last year I fell into quite a writing slump. I began putting so much work into my blog (which I don’t regret) and neglecting my book. I had moments where I felt truly inspired to write chapter after chapter but mainly, months would go by and I would barely get down half a page. It began to feel forced and tiresome. I was in a legitimate writing slump…
At this time, I also began to question my work. All of a sudden, it felt like it really wasn’t good enough or worth continuing. It felt directionless and unbelievable. I did my best to remember my late writing mentor and friend’s words of wisdom: Ignore The Voice Of Doom. I’m talking about that inner voice that puts you down and tries to stop you from pursuing any passion/project. At the end of the year, I made a vow that no matter what happened, I would finish what I started whether it was the worst piece of writing I had ever produced or not. I wanted my child to be proud of me. I wanted to be able to read the entire trilogy to her someday and show the importance of not giving up.
So, I set the most realistic and doable goal for 2018 ever created:
WRITE ONE PAGE A DAY
I cannot explain how much better I felt once I had made this simple commitment. I no longer felt daunted or overwhelmed. All I had to do every single day was write just one page. No more, no less. If I felt like writing more, I was welcome to but the pressure had been completely removed. Since the beginning of 2018, I have 100% stuck to that promise. If I have absolutely no time on a Saturday for example, I write two pages on the Sunday to make up for it. I have now written over 200 pages with a finish-line on the horizon. I am not going to promise that the book will be completed or released in 2018. I still don’t know how big I want to make it. There is much ground I need to cover before I feel satisfied and not rushed with the ending. What I will promise is that come hell or high water, this book will be published. I’m not going to give up just because of a slump or a sudden lack of confidence.
If anybody else is stuck on something that isn’t going anywhere, I would strongly suggest trying the same method. Do a bit every day, even if it’s only for 5 minutes. Read a page a day, paint one stroke a day, apply for one job per day etc. Break it down so it becomes simpler. Know that any amount of progress is still progress. A little can go a very long way. Please watch this space as I will eventually finish ‘Aligning the Signs.’ That I am sure of.
If you have any other tips for how to get out of writing/project slumps, please let me know down below. Thank you for reading and your patience.
Peace & Love xoxo