Whew. I'm pulling my hair out on the non-fic piece I'm working on. I'm determined to make it good, but it still needs work. Can you believe that a little 3,000 - 4,000 is killing me? I usually write that in a day off, in fiction! I've spent nearly thirty hours on this thing, and I'm only halfway done! Granted, about twenty hours of it was research and organizing. And about ten of those hours were enjoying my reading instead of analyzing-reading, like I should have done.
But I'm fearing that I'm out of my element. Failure is just not an option. I've got to pull this thing out of my fingers somehow and make it good. I want it so bad ... but boy, is this a challenge.
My voice is disappearing in non-fiction. I have a feeling that I'm finally going to learn the art of revision with this one. Man. I've got to put my fiction voice back into this piece of non-fiction.
My motto has always been that it doesn't matter HOW much work you do. Yeah, Joe Schmoe may be able to do it fast, in one draft, and it may take me five drafts, or he may be able to do it in five hours, and it may take me fifty hours. It doesn't matter. The end product is (ideally) the same. Who cares how long it took, except me?
But man. This little voice in my head is yelling at me to work, work, work! Do better! I guess it's better to listen to that than to that little voice in my stomach saying, "What if you can't? What if you're just not good enough?" But I've seen it over and over in my day job. Talent doesn't matter much. Hard work, and smart work make all the difference in the world. (I'm saying this over and over because I'm trying to remind myself, LOL.)
Does anyone know any good articles for writing non-fiction essays? In a creative style? Have any tips? Boy, I really could use them.