When the writing gets tough, the tough keep writing . . .
The below opportune post came from literary agent Rachelle Gardner’s blog this week. I say opportune because I had just received the first 50 pages back (again) from the literary consultancy and it appears they want me to fine-tune it that bit more and if it evens out, they say they will call it in.
I feel as if I am forever hanging by my fingernails and at this point I confess to experiencing a real crisis of faith in myself. It seems I have been writing this story forever: shaping, brushing, erasing and putting in new strokes, pulling it out of a gold frame and putting it in a simple wooden frame; just on and on and all the time I really just want to move on to the next story. At this point I asked myself, does mainstream publication really matter? Why not leave it all and move on to the latest WIP?
So I began to turn away. But as I turned the email ‘ting’ rang and Rachelle’s blog popped up. This is what it said:
‘Then one day things get hard. Not just run-of-the-mill hard, but really hard, and you find yourself wondering, “What did I get myself into?” You think, “I can’t do this!” Then you realize, I made a commitment. I said I would do it… I made a promise… I am committed… I need to make this work. I have to do it, no matter how hard it is. When things are tough, it’s the commitment that carries you through.
In writing, when you come up against a challenge—say to yourself, “I call myself a WRITER. I committed to this writing journey. If I’m a writer, I can do this.”
Twenty years ago I read a great quote. It was in a quasi-spiritual new-agey kind of book but the wisdom was incredible and it has always stuck with me. The quote was: Argue for your limitations, and they’re yours. If you want to insist on your own weaknesses or shortcomings (“I’m a novelist, not a marketing person”), sure enough, those weaknesses will define you.
I encourage you to avoid letting your limitations characterize you. When the writing gets tough, the tough keep writing. Be a writer! And don’t let anything stop you.’
Was that Fate? My gosh, it was something, I can tell you!
So what did I do? I made a plan. I going to take a few days off from the manuscript and I plan to take maybe a few more, just to clear my head. I want to approach it as fresh as I can. Then, when I feel it pulling me and I begin to turn toward it voluntarily, then I shall ‘be a writer!’ And I won’t ‘let anything stop’ me . . .