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I've been thinking about something lately.
The more I write and the more I learn about writing, the less I produce and the less confident I am.
Here's what I mean:
When I wrote my first novel, I wrote 152k in five months. I clocked in 50k for my second in two months. My third was 55k in three months. I finished that last draft almost a year ago. Since then, I've tried rewriting it about ten times with no success, and I feel like I've been peeling the words off my brain one at a time. So I started something new hoping the words would flow like they used to. Nope. I'm lucky to write a few thousand (or hundred) words in one month now. No matter what I work on, I spend a whole lotta time on very little.
So what happened?
Has my internal editor become so strong it paralyzes me? Have I lost all confidence in myself? Have I spread myself too thin with everything I have going on? Have I spent too long trying to rewrite novel three? Is it that I'm so determined to fix that novel I can't move on? Am I no longer writing for me?
Not sure. But I feel like the more I learn about writing, the slower it goes and the less confident I am. I can't seem to let go and just spew words anymore.
Seems like it should be the other way around, doesn't it?
So Tell Me: As you've learned to write, do you find you write slower than you used to? Are you more or less confident in your ability?