The Tortoise and the Hare is one of Aesop’s Fables. To me, it’s about a hare that is a bit big headed and a determined tortoise, who is slow but due to his determination wins the race. The reason I mention this fable is because it is the way I currently refer to my writing. Yes, I’m writing. After a very, VERY long break. I am actually writing. I’m so pleased with myself.
Anyway, back to what I was saying. I currently refer to myself as the tortoise when I write. I have written probably five days out of seven (on average) over the last two months. At the beginning of September I wrote about my future writing space and then the software I planned to use, but then I went quiet. There were no more posts. You probably thought I was on another long hiatus, when in fact I have placed bum on chair and have started writing again.
Despite what I wrote in September, I presently only use one piece of software – yWriter. I honestly think it’s great. I use yWriter6 on my laptop and I also purchased the iPad version. Now, I can sit in a quiet room and write on my laptop or, at night, I can sit in the lounge room and continue to write (or I can go over what I wrote earlier in the day and make corrections). I use Dropbox to save my work.
This is working brilliantly for me.
As for the tortoise remark. I am only writing around 500 to 600 words a day. Or roughly 2,500 a week. But, for me, that is a no stress, no pressure method of getting the job done. If I start to feel overwhelmed, I stop writing and come back to it the next day. No matter what anyone else things, this method is working wonders for me. The story is getting written. I feel enthused and find myself looking for ideas in what I do and see the rest of the day.
Whatever blocked me, is behind me. I’m writing and it feels good. And my plan is to just go with the flow and write like a tortoise, knowing that eventually I’ll stumble over the finish line.