Are any of you banging your heads against the wall from your WIP? If so, you are suffering from “WIPlash.” Please join me for a virtual chiropractic session.
For those of you who don’t know, a “WIP” is what writers call their work-in-progress. It is the manuscript they are slogging out, desperate to be done. This first draft affects authors in numerous physical ways, from stomach acid to headaches. And torments us emotionally as the tug of our WIP competes with other “to-do’s” that pull hard in the opposite direction.
The things that compete with our WIP are usually:
- family (even trickier when you have young kids, like I do)
- friends (remember them?)
- day jobs (so we can actually earn a living)
- household chores & responsibilities (necessary evils)
- working out at the gym (another necessary evil)
- trying on countless items of clothes to see what still fits since terminating membership at said evil gym (guilty as charged)
- the occasional day off (God forbid)
- editors, critique groups & mentors working on our other manuscripts (who want their changes done now)
- marketing (a requirement if we want our books to sell)
Arrrgh! Which one of these things is an author supposed to do first? Can’t my life stop for one lousy minute so I can get my WIP done???
Sadly, No. The world will not stop rotating simply because I want to get off. Not even for a few precious minutes.
Well, crying about it isn’t going to help me. I’ve got to stop writing this blog post and get back to my WIP. It’s the best way I know to combat a bad case of “WIPlash.”
What do you do when you feel tugged and pulled in multiple directions?
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