Breathe. Chin up. Begin Again. #IWSG #AMWRITING
[I wrote this post as a member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our worries and also offer support and encouragement to each other on the first Wednesday of every month. If you’re a writer like me and you’re looking for a bit of support, you can click the link and sign up here]
I needed an extra push to start writing again.
I recently received editor feedback on my second draft of my work in progress. The nine-page letter sent me on a roller coast of ups and down, smiles and frowns. My shoulders sank an inch with each of the seven main points I realized I still needed to change and consider.
I’m coping. I’m smiling again. Seven points isn’t all that bad, right?
If your lost and floating someplace away from your words like I am, I’ve found some inspiring writing thoughts to get us both grounded again:
“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”
― Jodi Picoult
“Yes,” I can’t help thinking to myself, even though I’m still glaring at the computer monitor.
I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.”
— William Carlos Williams
I’m lifting my rib cage a little higher and a one-sided smile tugs at my mouth. Of course I’ll write and revise. I have no other choice.
“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”
— Anne Frank
I’m rolling my shoulders back. My mind begins to race with possibility.
A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”
— Richard Bach
I’m lifting my chin, and now I might be popping my knuckles and wiggling my fingers super excited, eager to begin one of the seven points at a time.
“Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.”
― Lisa See
Wow! Just wow!
Okay. I’m convinced. I have four whole days of vacation ahead of me.
How about you?