Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Keep Moving Forward

Have you seen the Disney movie Meet the Robinson's? It's funny, you should see it. It's about a kid inventor whose inventions don't always work. He learns that if he can "keep moving forward," keep working hard trying to get things right, eventually things his creations will work and change the world.

I've made very little progress on my WIP this last month. I have a hundred excuses for why I haven't done more, and some of them are really good. I have to keep reminding myself that I am making progress, I am moving forward, and eventually this book is going to get done.

And that is kind of the beauty of writing without being published. I have time. It's not a race. I really want to finish my manuscript, but I also want to be a good mom. Last month doing both of those things wasn't possible. Hopefully it will be they will be this month. But I am happy that I made some progress, even though it was small.

Are you moving forward with your work? Do you ever have times when you don't make as much progress as you'd like?

28 comments:

Sydnee said...

As a writer and an artist, I'm always really critical of my productivity. Even when I get a lot accomplished on any one day, I still feel like I could've/should've accomplished a lot more. But, even when I only write fifty words in a whole day, it's still fifty more than I had before. Even if it's just a little, I always tell myself that it's still working toward improvement. Now if only I could get my head to believe that...

Jemi Fraser said...

All the time! My teaching job absorbs so much time and my family comes first before that. It's report card season right now, so I haven't done much recently. Hoping to do more on the spring break!

staceyjwarner said...

It feels like everyday I don't make as much progress as I would like...LOL! but being a mom and keeping a roof over our heads comes first, so be it.

much love

Georgina said...

I like the idea of giving myself credit for progress. But when I am really stuck and in denial about it, I go overboard giving myself undue credit - "Look at that! I turned on my computer and downloaded an itunes playlist of "motivational" writing songs. And I sharpened 3 pencils too! Phew, all in a day's work! " :} - G

seeyouupside said...

Like others said, some days I write 1-2k. Other days I write about 10 words and then go on Facebook far too much. I think writing and life need to be balanced & I'm still learning how to do that. :)

Tracy said...

I love that movie and the song Little Wonders by Rob Thomas makes me teary. I'm a sap. :) I don't get enough writin done these days, and it annoys me sometimes. However, life is full of compromises and when the family (or sometimes a friend) is in need, I've got to be there. Thankfully, the writing is always there at any hour - and thanks to the notebook in my purse, it's everywhere!

I seem to get most of my writing done in short bursts these days, and I'm beginning to wonder if I'm even able to write in large blocks of time anymore!

L.T. Elliot said...

Our family loves that movie. My kids just crack up. And progress is progress. Sometimes life means unbalanced scales but eventually, you'll get back to where you want to be. That happens with me, too. I'll cross my fingers for both of us.

Paul Greci said...

This week is one of those weeks where I am not making as much progress as I'd like, but that is okay. When I remember, I tell myself that I am right where I need to be. Now, if I could just remember that more often.

Wen Prior said...

I usually need to try and slow myself down. I'm lucky enough to have plenty of time, but I'm also a tad obsessive and I need to keep myself sane by forcing myself away from the keyboard!

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

Yes and yes. Yes I'm moving forward and just started a new WIP two nights ago and yes, there are times when I just can't do it all. I pick and choose. I'm trying really hard to have my family come first, but it gets difficult when the characters compete for that attention.
~ Wendy

Aubrie said...

My WIP is slow going, too! But I find that I write better if I take my time. It's a better quality and well thought it. If I'm going to try to get an agent, that's how it should be. :)

Janna Qualman said...

I love that movie, for that very reason! It totally spoke to the writer in me, and the mama, too, because it's a great lesson to pass on to my kids. :)

Nisa said...

Right now is one of those times, but you're right. Little progress is better than none, and just thinking about your stories and what you want to do with them counts for a lot. But being a good mom is more important than anything else I think. The story will still be there, but the kids will grow up and move out. (hopefully. lol)

Jody Hedlund said...

I think the point is that we move forward. I didn't do so great meeting my word count goals over the past couple of weeks. I could give the excuse that I was sick--and maybe that's a good excuse. But I plodded forward with as much as I could write every day. And that's really all that mattered, making that slow but steady progress.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

It is HARD writing with young children. Don't you worry. It will come.

DL Hammons said...

That's one Disney movie I missed. I'm not sure why, because I love Disney movies as much as my kids.

It may be at a snails pace, but I am moving forward. There are some occassional spurts of progress, but usually I just plug along, and I'm okay with that.

Susan R. Mills said...

Yes, I'm moving forward, but at a snail's pace. Thanks for this post. It made me feel like it's okay.

destrella said...

Glad that you are keeping your priorities in line. Family and sometimes life has to come first. Your book will come along perfectly :O)

Voidwalker said...

I have been moving forward with my WIP. I was able to put out a few extra thousand words over the last few days since things settled down from my wedding. Unfortunately, I've had to sacrifice my blogging time a bit, because writing my WIP and blogging now directly conflict each other, in regards to my time constraints.

Elana Johnson said...

I love that movie! It's one of my favorites. It shows that you can fail and still succeed. He does fail at his relationships, though, and I don't want to be so focused on writing that I fail in mine. So sometimes writing has to take a backseat to real life. And that's okay.

Jamie D. said...

I haven't seen the movie, but like you I'm constantly having to remind myself that it's a marathon, not a sprint, and no matter how badly I want things to move faster, sometimes I just can't keep up the pace. I often wonder though if I can't keep up now, how will I manage once published?

You're right though - the only thing to do is just keep moving forward, even if "forward" doesn't amount to much on some days (or weeks). :-)

Nicole Ducleroir said...

I loved Meet the Robinsons!!

My WIP is finally moving forward again. I made a drastic change to the MC's occupation, so I spent a couple days researching the new job. Then, I revamped the plot outline and have begun the second first draft :P

It feels good to be making progress. Good luck with your project, Natalie!

Melissa said...

Yes to both. I'm not writing as much per day as I want to and I'm not writing as fast as I would like to, but at least I AM making progress. And it is so hard writing with young children. That's why I have to stay up late at night to get most of my work done, but by then I'm very tired. But you do what you have to do.

Stephanie said...

Love that movie!

I have lots of days where I just don't get as much done as I'd like...and it sucks. I WANT to work and I physically can't. How many people can say that about their jobs??? LOL! Yep...do what you gotta do! And as long as you are making some progress...that's all that matters!

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Love that movie too! :)
Yesterday I made good progress. If I could stop blogging, today might also be successful.

Rebecca @ Diary of a Virgin Novelist said...

One of the measures I use to gauge how well I am doing with my writing is to compare my word counts on a weekly basis. Here is the rule: if I have more words this week than I did last - not matter how few - I am doing well. Of course I have other goals and love the weeks where I jump forward by thousands of words, but those weeks just aren't possible every week. I just went through two weeks in a row with zero progress. Wow, did it sting. But I am back on the horse and already feeling better about it.

Sarah Skilton said...

I had to put my WIP on hold for nearly three months, which frustrated me a little at the time, but now I'm happy I was away from it for so long because I think my new draft will be stronger. I hope so, anyway! :)

Congrats on the progress that you DID make. Every bit counts.

Heather Sunseri said...

I hardly ever make as much progress as I hope to make! I'm sorry that you feel the same, but glad I'm not alone. I agree with Jody above. As long as we try to move "forward" we're moving in the right direction, at least. I REALLY hate when I feel like I'm moving backwards or standing still!