Are You a Writing Tortise or Hare?

May 4, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, Encouragement, Writing

I’m revisiting an old question that I wrestled with a few years ago when trying to figure out why it was taking so long to get published. My thoughts then and now seems to ring true for me. How about you?

I’ve come to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter how fast I run this publishing race, I’m not going to reach the finish line until God wants me to. So as I finish up edits on my current WIP, I’m looking toward the future and plan on stopping to smell the roses! That means slowing my writing down which would be like a snail instead of a tortoise!

Why slow down? If my writing career is in God’s hand, and I ultimately have no control over when I publish, why should I “kill” myself in the process. I’ve already “written” away so much time with my children, time I’ll never get back. If God’s timing is perfect, then even if I polish it in 3 months, which ain’t happening, it probably won’t be God’s timing. Right?

Or maybe my thinking is all wrong! Maybe it’s not so much the timing as in “when my kids get this age, then God will give me the green light.” Maybe it’s the timing of “the book” he wants me to write, which in that case, my whole theory of slow and steady wins the race is off, and I need to put on my running shoes!!!!

So do I write faster or slow down? I think the answer for me lies in the seasons of my life. Some times I can write with the wind on my face other time, I can take it slow and bask in the sunshine of the journey.

What’s your take on this?  Are you a tortoise or hare?

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