Wednesday, June 11, 2014

"Let it go. Let it go"

Got the song stuck in your head yet?  ;-)





Within the past few months a few writing friends have asked me what I thought they should do about projects they've invested years in. For a bunch of different reasons these writers are no longer feeling the love for works they poured their hearts and souls into.

What should they do?

Except for the one I told to stop whining and get working, I told the rest to let their projects go.

Is there something you should let go of?

Here's my advice: Determine whether you're avoiding working on your project because it's hard work and you're scared/lazy or if it's because you really don't have the capacity to do it. (Maybe your life situation has changed drastically. Maybe it's your goals that have shifted. Maybe you've realized it's a shitty piece that doesn't deserve to make it out of the proverbial bottom drawer.)

If it's not the right time, let it go.

I'm not saying to toss it completely. I'm just saying to let the project languish. Let yourself off the hook.

After all, I'm pretty that when my friends asked my advice about what to do, they were really looking for someone to say it's okay to let it go. They wanted me to let them off the hook and I was happy to do it because I knew how much energy they were wasting worrying about it.

While I'm specifically talking about writing in this post, I think it applies to most of life.  If you don't feel like finishing knitting a blanket/training for a triathlon/reading the classics just let the plan go.  Trust me, it'll free up a lot of time and energy.

Tell me Killer Friends: What have YOU let go? More importantly, what are you hanging on to and working through now?

3 comments:

B.E. Sanderson said...

I never let my books go - I just set them aside for a while. (And yes, in my more lucid moments, I realize 'a while' might actually be forever, but I like to fool myself into thinking someday I might go back and get those things all published.)

jblynn said...

LOL, I like "a while might actually be forever", B.E.

Aisyah Putri Setiawan said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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