Things I’ve learned about my own writing

On Monday, Eric at Pimp My Novel posted a list of things he’s learned about writing over the past couple of weeks. I was inspired by his list to reflect on some things that I’ve learned about writing this summer.

Unlike last summer, when I was frantically studying for my comprehensive exam, this summer I have been fairly relaxed. I’ve traveled more than I thought I could sanely travel, and for that, I’m grateful. A number of close friends have moved or will moveβ€”into new houses, new jobs, and possibly new cities. I’m glad I could see them while I’m still within driving distance.

But all that traveling has meant a hectic writing schedule. I’m writing more than reading this summer (a good thing) but all the bouncing around has meant a disruption in my standard operating procedure. As I let the weeks go by, I thought I needed to stop working on the short stories and start working on the prospectus in order to meet my deadlines.

And then a funny thing happened.

I stopped working on my creative writing.

But I didn’t start working on my critical writing.

There was a period of about 7 days (but who’s counting?) when I failed to get any writing done at all. Sure, I read some articles, and thought about my work, but it didn’t translate into word count. As it turns out, I can’t just switch between critical and creative writing. The two go hand in hand. When I decided to let myself work on a creative project, I also wrote on my prospectus. After a 7 day drought, I wrote 2000 words in one day (a hefty sum for me).

I don’t recommend this experiment at all. But it did make me realize that I’m working even if I don’t realize it. I’m on track to finish my projects on time (both critical work and creative work). For me, writing is writing is writing. And it’s a Good Thing.


7 thoughts on “Things I’ve learned about my own writing

  1. Neurotic Workaholic says:

    It's good that you're on track to finish your projects. I wish I could say the same thing. I've been working so many hours at my (supposedly) part-time job that I haven't had time to work on my academic writing; I feel guilty because I planned to to get a lot done this summer, but I didn't. That's one of the reasons why I am planning to quit my job soon.

  2. L.G.Smith says:

    Writing is writing is writing. That includes blog posts and comment too, right? Also, I have an award for you over on my blog today.

  3. Laila Knight says:

    Hi Anna, I just saw you over at L.G. Smith's blog and decided to become your newest follower. Writing attracts writing. I find I write better when I alternate between MCs. πŸ™‚

  4. Nancy Thompson says:

    Hi Anna!So nice to meet you. I'm a fellow Liebster Blog Award recipient and found you through LG Smith. And now, I'm a new follower of yours, as well. (Come on over to my place sometime soon.) LG's right, you ARE smart! If I hang around, perhaps osmosis will allow some of that to seep into me, as well. (Ah, one can dream!)As far as the writing goes, whether it's critical or creative, I believe it needs to be wholly organic to be truly meaningful.

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