“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” --Vincent van Gogh
No one ever told me I was impulsive.
But earlier this week this truth hit me right between the eyes.
So I've spent the past few days reflecting on how impulsivity has adversely affected my writing life.
On impulse, I have tweeted things before thinking.
On impulse, I queried agents before my manuscript was ready.
On impulse, I have commented on blogs without proofing what I wrote.
On impulse, I have posted things on my own blog that I later had to remove.
On impulse, I sent my manuscript to editors (who requested it) before it was ready.
On impulse, I have sent emails that had to be followed up with an "oops" and an apology.
Do you see a pattern here? Most of my impulsive behavior has been the direct result of a trigger finger on the send button. What is the cure? Self-control. A deep breath. Step away from the computer. Vincent knew what he was talking about--great things are NOT done by impulse.
Anyone else struggle with this issue? Can impulsivity bring any positive things to the writer's palette?