I’m back from a recent ski vacation, and something I already knew was emphasized once again. I was skiing on steep, icy conditions with crowds of people who were not in good control. The potential to get hit caused some terror in my mind. I’ve already been paralyzed due to a fall on a bicycle and experienced a miraculous recovery. I don’t think I have too many more hits left in me.
My dear girlfriend was very supportive during the morning and I was able to recover my wits and my courage. I truly enjoyed the rest of the day. But her support made that possible.
Writing is like that too. You experience falls in your writing. You experience dry spells. You experience frustration. You look at your work and think it stinks. You’re exhausted with everything else you must do such as earn a living, take care of your family, take care of your home. What’s the point?
Stop a minute and take a deep breath. Writing is incremental. One truth about writing is the building of one sentence on top of the other on top of the other to make a paragraph. Then you do that over and over and over again. And finally when you’re done you revise over and over and over again. That part is hard.
But the part about creating characters that interact in a story that you want to tell is amazing. Sometimes the words just flow out of you and onto the paper. And the story and the characters stay with you in your day to day chores and day to day life. And you think about them and how you can improve your story. And it’s fun!
But on those days when it’s tough, reach out. Join a Facebook group and get support. Join a writing group and get support. Call your mom. Tell your spouse to give you a hug. One of the wonderful things about human beings is that we support each other. If you need a little love, just ask! It will come running to you and you’ll keep making progress. You can do it!