It is one thing to be told, or tell others how to complete a big task. There are many ways to do that. One way is to power through, keep at it until it is done. Procrastinating, while generally not the best way, can sometimes prove prudent when the task depends on changing information, or when your skills and knowledge aren’t sufficient for to make an impact on the results.
Most people will agree, (I assume) that the best method is usually to break the task or project into small doable parts. For me, sometimes that isn’t so easy to figure out. It has taken me twice as long as I planned with the picture book.
✓ Powering Through
✓ Breaking it down into smaller parts —currently ongoing
Each of these methods have proven to me that I tend to take on more than I am capable of completing in a timely matter according to my own expectations.
Had I continued to power through, resulted in a lower standard book, something I am not willing to do at this time. Snowball, took longer than I planned as well. A great analogy is someone’s eyes being bigger than their stomach. My expectation on how long it takes me to produce the best book I can at the current stage of knowledge and experience is generally three times longer than I want it to be.
That is a long time! Let that settle in your mind for a moment, because it still hasn’t settled in mine, exactly. Three years before I published Snowball.
That’s about fifteen years to complete my “contract” of a book for each grandchild, based on the current number of grandchildren. At the same time, I am trying to work on writing fiction for a little older crowd. That genre tends to take a back seat to the children projects. How all this will affect the projects in the future, is a mystery. Will I become faster, or is this the standard? An even more important question, does it matter?
This is my path to writing. It can’t be compared, no matter how enticing it is to do that myself, or allow others to do that to me. There is no way to compare my path to anyone else’s.
What is your path? How unique is it to you? Do you try to compare where you are headed and how you are getting there to others? Why?
You might not know all you need at once, you may not develop all the skills you need quickly. It isn’t about how fast, it is about traveling, at your pace. Enjoy the journey.