I have a Word document that sits on my desktop. I don’t open it often, but it is a working document I add to when necessary. The document’s title is ‘Dilemma Journal’ and I use it whenever I need to mull over a problem or dilemma. It’s a great way for me to put out all the arguments for and against, to express my tangled thoughts and come to a decision—hopefully!
I have a dilemma that has been coming and going in my mind for several months now. You all know I love writing, but I never seem to have enough time to do it. By that I mean I will write the first draft of a story, but then I have to stop to edit, edit, edit, and then get it ready for publication. The whole process of publication usually takes me anywhere up to six months, and while I don’t devote all of my time to that and I do write, it’s a time consuming task. That takes me away from writing.
You see what I mean by a dilemma?
I could just forget about publishing. It’s not an option I want to follow, and one I won’t follow. There are people out there who want to read more of my stories and I won’t let them down. These people inspire me to keep writing and keep producing, they lift me when I’m down, and without their encouragement I wouldn’t be as productive as I am. Of course it would be a lot easier if the editing fairies came to visit and I didn’t have to do it myself, but that’s not going to happen.
So what’s the solution? Well, once I’d untangled my thoughts I realised I find it harder to write during the depths of winter. Strange, really. You’d think the darkest months would be a perfect time to spend inside, writing. But no, I have to be illogical. I like writing when the sun is out, when there is light outside. I could make myself write during winter—and I’ve done that—but it’s not as enjoyable. Besides, if I still have to edit then surely its better done in winter—which is the conclusion I’ve reached.
What this means is there will be a change in publication pattern. I have a book almost ready for release so that will be published as I originally planned (hopefully before Christmas). While I pull that together, I will start writing another book and I will keep writing over summer. When the days get shorter, I’ll get out the next manuscript or two and start with editing them. I hope by doing this I will find the dark months more productive. Those books will then be released at a later date. In effect, next year I’ll probably only release one new book (towards the end), but I’ll have to see how it goes.
In the end, if I don’t write when I want to write, then I’ll have nothing to release anyway. All I can do is try it and see how it goes.
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