The Pressure We Put on Ourselves as Writers | Writing Video Wednesday

Today, I’m talking about the pressure we put on ourselves as writers.

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The transcript from the video:

Hey everyone. It’s author, Sara Crawford, and it’s time for Writing Video Wednesday.

So I’ve decided to start posting these on my Facebook page as well as YouTube so hello if you are joining me on Facebook for the first time. Today I wanted to talk about the pressure that we put on ourselves as writers. I’ve been trying all year to write book three in my MUSE CHRONICLES series. So I’ve tried in April and now in July to do CampNaNoWriMo to finish my draft. CampNaNoWriMo is like a sect of National Novel Writing Month that they do in April and July.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been extremely busy with work, which is also writing but I do a lot of freelance writing. I do a lot of web content a lot of non-fiction type things for different companies and stuff like that. So I haven’t had time to do my 1500 words a day or whatever it was that I needed to stay caught up with my CampNaNoWriMo goals to finish the draft by the end of the month. And what’s happened is instead of me working on it a little bit and doing like 300 words a day or something like that, I’ll just get so overwhelmed by the fact that I haven’t had time to do the full amount that I was supposed to do, and then I just don’t end up writing anything.

And it got me thinking about the pressure that we put on ourselves as writers, whether it’s “I have to write a book a year for my publisher or my agent” even if you’re traditionally published. Indie published authors, I think, it can be even worse because there are romance indie authors who are churning out a book every month or every two months. It’s crazy. I don’t know how they do it. But I think it’s important to remember that everybody has a pace that’s going to work for them with writing and publishing, and while, typically, I can be a very fast writer. I can write a lot in a short amount of time. When I’m doing a lot of work writing, I can’t get as much creative writing done.

So I think I’m going to say just forget CampNaNoWriMo and go back to writing 300 words a day. It keeps me engaged in the project. So I won’t be taking two weeks off and then feel like I have to re-read everything every time I want to get back into it. And then usually, what ends up happening when I set myself the goal of 300 words a day, is that I usually end up writing more than that, but when I have the goal of “I’m going to write 1500 words a day or 2,000 words a day or do CampNaNoWriMo or finish the draft by the end of the month,” I just get overwhelmed with the pressure that I put on myself and I end up not doing anything.

So I just wanted to talk to you guys about this today. How about you? Do you put pressure on yourself to write a certain amount every day? I like the idea of just going back to 300 words a day because even if I’m really busy, I can always manage to write 300 words. Alright, that’s all I have for you today. Kind of a short video. But I post writing videos every Wednesday so if you’re watching me on YouTube, you can subscribe to my channel if you’d like to see more writing videos and if you’re watching this on Facebook, I’m probably just going to start posting this every Wednesday on here so if you like my page, you should see them.

Earlier this week, I actually got to be a guest on the Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire podcast. It was the first time I was on a podcast so I was super excited about that. You can check that out on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts. It’s called Writer, Writer Pants on Fire, which I think is a great name, but yeah, check that out. And thanks so much for watching this video. Definitely leave me a comment and let me know what you guys think about the pressure we put on ourselves as writers or how you set goals for yourself. I’d love to just have a conversation about it. You can also read the transcript of this video and every other writing video over on my creativity blog at And yeah, thanks so much for watching. I will see you in the next video.