Getting Stuck on an Idea

I have 17 blog post drafts right now. And so far in the month of January, I’ve posted twice. This is a far cry from my ‘every other day but not really a routine’ schedule that I had back in August of last year.

But then Pitch Wars happened, and I had two months of INSANITY coupled with a healthy half-cup of anxiety and a pinch of melodrama. All swirled together in a giant bowl of this metaphor makes sense probably maybe.

There are things happening. Some of it is personal, some of it is professional, but most of it is GOOD.

To briefly recap the highlights, I GOT AN AGENT who is fantastic, and in the next month or so, I will hopefully become a permanent employee at my job instead of just a full-time contractor.

Aside from being hectically busy and crazily excited about good things, I’ve also been struggling with a few key blog posts. The biggest one is my three attempts so far to write a post about how to write a query letter (update: totally did it, guys). It’s really tough. Not just because query letters are tough—which they totally ARE—but because I don’t want to give bad advice or provide you with something that is unclear.

So my desire to produce something of quality has cut into my production of anything. This is helped by no small amount that I mentioned in my last post that I’d do an upcoming post on query letters.

I’ve made you guys a promise, and I don’t want to get sidetracked by extraneous posts to the point that I break that promise.

BUT. I also don’t want to get stuck in a desert of Not Productive, chasing an elusive Perfection Oasis hallucination.

This is a lot like when we’re chasing after the perfect manuscript, story, query, synopsis, pitch, or article. Don’t get trapped waiting or struggling for something perfect.

Or we get stuck on an idea, and we just can’t seem to move forward from it.

The thing to be aware of is when you get stuck in a holding pattern. We can’t let all of our productivity be halted because one idea is faltering. We need to be as adaptable as we are determined.

So. I’m going to give myself a deadline of THIS WEEK to finish that query letter post. And if I can’t polish it up, I’m not going to let myself be trapped in Not Productive Desert.


4 thoughts on “Getting Stuck on an Idea

  1. I do this too! I end up with an overflowing drafts folder and zero published posts because I chicken out and start doubting the advice I’m dishing out, or trying to rewrite it ten different ways.

    But I *think* I’m more relaxed about it now. It’s hard to post regularly — I’m aiming for one post a week and anything more is a bonus! — but you have to remember that nobody’s actually judging what we write. And how bad could your query letter advice be, anyway? You’ve got an agent!

    Don’t stress. 🙂 If it seems too much, don’t write a ‘How to write a query letter’ post — write a ‘This is how *I* wrote my query letter’ post. Same info, different packaging! Good luck.

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