Okay, so my daughter dances competitively. She had her first competition this past weekend, and as we were getting ready for it, we talked about how to act. You know, no going diva, and saying thank you to people who come to watch her, etc.
One of the things we talked about was winning. Her dance teachers are super-great at telling the kids to have fun and do their best. They tell them they want to win, but that it's okay if they don't.
I thought that applied to writing as well. Their competition formula can be applied to anything, actually.
1. Have fun
2. Do your best
3. Try to win
Sometimes the fun of writing is swallowed in the business of writing. But today, I'm going back to number one. And that's having fun.
For me, the best part of writing is drafting. I love the exhilaration of fresh words on the blank page, of a story untold. I recently wrote the skeleton of a book in 6 days, and it was awesome. So while I'm not drafting right now, and I don't plan to in the super-near future, I'm going to remember that writing is fun whenever I start to get overwhelmed or frustrated with this industry.
What is your favorite part of writing? Are you having fun?