Early one morning as I shuffled through the hotel lobby in search of coffee I spotted him in a corner, already hard at work, his fingers flying across the keyboard. I overheard him tell someone he had a Monday morning deadline to make, and he had to get forty thousand words written by the end of the weekend...in addition to giving the keynote address, teaching a workshop, and mentoring eager wannabes at the conference. He'd been up most of the night.
I have to confess--I almost never stay up all night writing. Oh, all right, I never stay up to write through the night. The last time I was up all night I was in labor and it wasn't because the deadline had passed.
But, really--forty thousand words in three days? All right...so Jonathan is an exceptionally energetic and prolific writer. Me? Not so much.
I don't know how a person (me) can work so long and so hard on a manuscript, and after six months, have so little to show for it--fewer than 30,000 words. I tell myself that it's okay because the topic is difficult, and some of what I have written is painful, but the fact remains that I am a slow writer.
Therefore, I sometimes need to be reminded that:
Okay, I feel better now. You?
"You cannot force ideas.
Successful ideas are the result of
~~Alexander Graham Bell~~
I'm off to the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference this week. Pray for me...haha!