I don’t know about you, but my writing progress tends to go in fits and starts. I’ll be rabbiting along, getting nowhere, and then I’ll write something amazing which sells fast and I will feel like I’ve made progress, like I’ve reached a new level in my writing.
And then I’ll rabbit along at that level for a while, feeling like I’m going nowhere again.
I’m at the rabbiting stage at the moment. I’ve made some good sales, I can see improvement in my writing, but I’m not producing the amazing writing that I aspire to. I feel like I am in writing limbo.
There are three ways to make progress in any skill. One is practice, which you have to do a LOT. The second is self-learning, where you concentrate on one particular skill until you’ve improved it. The last one is learning from another, whether it’s a mentor, a writing course or a workshop.
I feel like I’m in need of that sort of learning. I’ve been practicing like a manic. I read the best, and I try to learn as much as I can about how the best writers do it.
But in terms of the third way to progress, I’m stuck. There aren’t that many workshops and courses available where I am, and most of them are for beginning writers. And as for SFF writers, well…they are few and far between.
So, I’m in limbo. Back to writing and subbing and trying to get somewhere.
P.S. Apparently this is my 150th post. Woo!