Pacing: IWSG Post

12:50 AM Elizabeth Seckman 18 Comments

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IWSG Day Question: What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?

When my first couple of books were published, I was quickly feeling the strain of balancing the creative side of writing with the business side of publication. I wanted to master all things yesterday. Another, more seasoned, wiser writer told me to remember that publication is a marathon, not a sprint. 

Over the years, I've watched plenty of writers grow weary and walk away. Very seldom was their problem a lack of talent. They just all tuckered out and lost faith in the dream. 

They tried to make a mad dash to the finish and lost their oomph. 

My advice to a new writer? Pace yourself. It's a long journey. Grab some snacks, a few friends and Most times, the journey is long. Grab some snacks, take along a few friends and enjoy the process. 

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18 comments:

  1. Hi,
    I like your advice because I needed it. Publication is a marathon and not a sprint. I'm learning to pace myself too. A slow jog is better than a sprint.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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  2. I love this line - "I wanted to master all things yesterday" - because I felt that way, too. Now, I know better. Pacing, marathon. Great advice, Elizabeth!

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  3. Everything in writing and publishing and marketing seems slow. I guess it's better to be the tortoise than the hare.

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  4. Such good advice! Pacing is so important. I can see how one could get burnt out really quickly.

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  5. I think this is the best advice I've heard. I was one who almost walked away because I just felt drained by the whole process. I'm glad I didn't as now I'm so happy to be back to writing.

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  6. Such a smartie! We've all heard the old saw about how anything worthwhile is worth waiting for, but some of us don't have a whole lotta time left to wait, doggone it! You're right about writing being a marathon rather than a sprint, and for me, it's a walking marathon... with lots of rests. :)

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  7. Oh yes, it is a long journey, and I've gotten tuckered out too. But at least I was able to get started again after a bit of rest. Excellent advice about pacing yourself.

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  8. I think that long journey burned me out for a while too. I'm still trying to get back into it.

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  9. A steady pace sure is the way. Seen many go away too.

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  10. More excellent bits of advice for authors. There's nothing worse than burnout.

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  11. Yes to snacks and friends. Friends keep us all going strong. Happy IWSG day :)

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  12. Pacing yourself is excellent advice. You have to be in it for the long haul.

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  13. It's a long, and sometimes lonely, roller-coaster ride. The roar you receive one day is drowned by the silence you receive on another. And the twists and turns are unpredictable.

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  14. This is excellent advice.

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  15. This is such great advice. Thank you!

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  16. I'm going to say that's some of the best advice out there. It's too easy to get excited and burn out.

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  17. Good advice. It's an endurance run, not a sprint:)

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