So I’m going through some things, the way you do when “hard” life interferes with well… “normal” life. And for the first time in a long time I’m find writing incredibly difficult. I’m trying to make some edits to an already completed manuscript and things like “fix word choice” can have me stumped for minutes on end. Like it’s the hardest thing in the world to come up with a synonym.
Granted my editor’s revision notes can be trickier than that, but you can imagine how hard “take his POV deeper” is when I can’t fix a freaking word choice.
But I’ve got no choice. I’ve got a hard deadline that simply can’t be missed and only four days left to fix everything. It’s a good reminder especially for writers maybe who are contemplating between traditional publishing and self-publishing some of the other things that come into play.
Self-publishing – your deadlines are your own. If life gets in the way of writing you simply don’t do it and get back to it when you can.
Traditional publishing – your work is holding up the work of a lot of other people involved in the process of publishing your book.
Now if you’re self motivated self-publishing may be okay, but if you’re a person who needs those hard deadlines to get the work done then that should all factor into your decision about what makes sense for you as a professional writer.
Right now I wish I didn’t have the pressure of a deadline. But conversly the pressure of that deadline is going to push me past my writing fog and force me to make the changes that need to be made.