In fact, you might even find that at times your work has become more of an obstacle, irritation or annoyance. You may view it as something that is almost standing in the way of your desired end result.
When you are so focused on the end that you can’t enjoy the process, it is time to step back. Learning to love and enjoy the process of growing as a writer is important, because growth takes time. So you might as well make the most of it.
I don’t know what it is that you are hoping to achieve. Maybe it’s having an article accepted by a small publication. It could be that you are hoping someone will be interested in your manuscript.
The process of getting there may require research, drafting, writing, editing, rewriting, scrapping what you wrote, or starting again…who knows. The process can take as little as a few days to several years.
What are you going to do with the process? Are you going to embrace it and learn from it? Or are you going to hate every step of it?
I find that I grow the most as a writer when I am in the process, or what you might call the trenches. It is the down-deep, dirty stuff of writing that may not be the most enjoyable but is necessary to get to the other side.
Ask yourself if you have become so focused on the goal, the prize or the end that you have forgotten to enjoy the process. If so, make a commitment to improve your attitude. Who knows…it just might improve your writing.
© 2012, Stephanie Romero