Can’t see the trees for the forest

Okay, I know the expression is “can’t see the forest for the trees,” but when I think of my writing, sometimes it’s more like my title. I start thinking about stupid stuff like how I want to be remembered, or how many books will I write in total, or will I actually make a good living at this one day, and I freeze in my own headlights. I psyche myself out with my big plans, and I forget to do the daily work of putting one foot in front of the other. I forget to work on finishing the page I stopped on yesterday, because my progress seems too slow. BUT I”VE BEEN THINKING THAT WAY FOR TOO LONG!

Every time I think my progress is too slow I decide to take a day off, and then two, and then eventually it dawns on me that I haven’t written anything (specifically on my novels) in over a week. Hopefully one day I’ll mature as a writer and a human being and just be like, “Either it’s going to work out or it’s not, but I’ve got to finish my projects and see.” I’ll be very disappointed if no one wants my completed works, but at the very least, I will have completed works, and I can move on to something else. Take the time to finish your own “high hopes” projects, and I bet we’ll both sleep better knowing that at least we gave it our best shot. Thank you for reading my 105th blog.

Mark Inglis

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