Monday, April 16, 2012

Speaking Of Roller Coasters...

Oh, we weren’t talking about roller coasters? My bad. But while we’re on topic…

There’s a lot of mention in the writing world how writing is an emotional roller coaster. Sure, we get up and down about our ability as an artist, whether or not we’re good enough, or cut out for this business—bla, bla, bla, but to be blunt, I’m kinda over that. 

We’re all good. We all have potential. We all hold magic to our writing that sets us apart from someone else—whether we’ve tapped into that or not is a different story.

I think there are several roller coasters that each of us has to overcome in the process:

-First, learning the craft.
-Taking the leap and letting others read your work.
-Accepting that you’re not perfect and learning how to revise.
-Querying.
-Rejection.
-Writing another novel—after facing rejection—putting yourself out there again.

Etc.

The list goes on. And you could add a bazillion things in there.

I feel like I’ve conquered several roller coasters. I don’t doubt my ability anymore. I accept the rise and falls of crafting a book, knowing it’s part of the process—in fact, I welcome it. Because a novel can’t be created without those rise and falls. 

But now I’m onto a new coaster. I’ve moved off the kiddie ride. In other words, I don’t need coddling. I’ve willingly jumped into the seat and am excited for the ride--regardless of how wild it may be. 

There’s no time to waste wondering if this is right or not, no time to give in to the ups and downs that come with creating. You’ve already buckled in, so you might as well enjoy the ride, right? You can’t stand up on the roller coaster, yell to the engineer and tell him you want to get off. The ride’s already begun. Better to just sit tight, raise your hands in the air, scream at the top of your lungs and enjoy the ride. Because before you know it, it’s over. Until you get on again. ;)

Do you know who you are as a writer? Do you still doubt yourself, going back and forth on your ability? Or have you buckled in for the ride? (There are no bad answers here… we are all on the ride together. The point is, is that we’re on the ride)

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Oh! And before I forget. You guys HAVE to go check out Tiana Smith’s site. She’s opened an online blog design shop and there’s a give-a-way going on RIGHT NOW. The girl has some mad talent. You must go check it out and subscribe to her blog while you’re there! (I've always been jealous at how GORGEOUS her site is)

Red. Head. Out. :D 

41 comments:

  1. Some of us may put on a facade of having ridden the roller coaster, but the truth is we've never even bought a ticket to ride yet. I feel like my own roller coaster has a 'Your Self-Confidence must be this tall' sign.. and I'm always just a little short.

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  2. My hands are on the buckles ready to click them together. I still have my doubts sometimes, but I have learned a ton and am beginning to get a feel for myself as a writer.

    Great post, lady!

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  3. I'm screaming next to you, probably laughing and snorting as well.:)

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  4. I like your attitude about it. So many people get on the ride, then they freak out when it has one extra twist they weren't expecting. I with you - full speed ahead! And THANK YOU for linking to my give away! Woot!

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  5. Embrace the roller coaster! You can't fully appreciate the peaks on the ride without experiencing the low points. That being said, I realize that a roller coaster is a nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there. Good post!

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  6. You have a great attitude. What I never realized when I came into this whole writing thing was that even established writers still go through these roller coasters. Over and over and over again.

    And we do this to ourselves on purpose? Really?

    We must be nuts! lol

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  7. I still don't like roller coasters but now I'm in it for the duration.

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  8. I'm still on the kiddie coaster, still learning the craft, still nervous about people reading my work. But at least I'm in the park and on one of the rides instead of sitting on a bench watching everyone else. Give me a few more months, maybe a year, then I'll join yall on the big coaster. ;)

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  9. love this post..... I'm on the roller coaster, but I think it malfunctions sometimes because there's a lot of stop and go, stop and go.. but I'm not getting off. I paid for the ride and I'm not getting off

    :)

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  10. I'm on the kiddie coaster too. I'm constantly up and down over my ability to write, still freaked out at the prospect of sharing my work, and ready to barf at the notion of querying. I know I'll get to the point where I'm okay with this stuff eventually, but for now it's up and down for me.

    Great post, Morgan :)

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  11. You're right - the roller coaster can be scary and we can close our eyes and miss the ride or let go and enjoy it while it lasts! Great post (and thanks for the link!)

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  12. This is awesome. Life is one big rollercoaster, and the writing journey is no different. Ups & downs, twist and turns. Sometimes good - sometimes we just want to hop off! Still - I love rollercoasters, so I'm doing my best to hang in there! :)

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  13. I do still doubt myself sometimes but the more I write the better I get at it.

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  14. Kiddie coaster for me right now, but I REALLY want to be on the big one! The kiddie coaster is wearing on my patience... I just want to learn FASTER! I'm so impatient...

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  15. I am still on the kiddie ride, and still very much feel like a newbie. I haven't even done the querying thing yet! Hopefully one day I'll be ready to ride with the big boys! :D

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  16. I'm still on the kiddie ride at the moment, learning the craft. I'll admit to being a little hesitant about jumping on the next one . . .

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  17. Well said, Morgan! I've written enough to be confident with my style and identity as an artist, so my roller coaster moments usually happen externally. It's still the best ride to be on, though!

    (this post makes me want to ride an actual rollercoaster now :-)

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  18. I'm right with you. I used to dread the incoming curves and jolts of this rickety old roller coaster called "a writer's journey," but just like a real roller coaster, I've come to appreciate the wind in my face and the white knuckle grip on the safety bar. I'm even sad when the ride ends and I have to get back in line.
    "All aboard!"
    "Come on, Morgan. Let's do it again!" :)

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  19. Hooray for the big kid roller coasters! Just put your hands up in the air when it goes down the big hill and don't feel bad about screaming ;)

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  20. I'm still on the kiddie ride too...wait...there's a Big Boy Ride!? *starts breathing into paper bag*

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  21. I love the roller coaster metaphor of the writing world - it is so true. I think I've buckled up and settled for the ride, but we shall see. Good luck with your personal roller coaster :)

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  22. Oh the emotional roller coasters of life. I guess it's preferable to stagnation. I hate stagnation.

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  23. my rollercoaster is up up up with writing the first draft, then a series of drops with edits, crits & queries. i'm still waiting for that positive response to go around again!

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  24. "Do you know who you are as a writer? Do you still doubt yourself, going back and forth on your ability? Or have you buckled in for the ride?"

    LOL. I was just going through this today. And you know what I decided to do? Be a writer and write another manuscript. Yep. Started outlining a new one today. :)

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  25. You forgot the emotion roller coaster when you're writing the novel. I've been known to cry while editing a chapter or two. It's really embarrassing actually. :D

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  26. This life is totally a roller coaster.....I'm definitely not cut out for it. I feel like I'm going to throw up all the time now because of nerves! haha! lol ;)

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  27. My life in general is a roller coaster ride right now. But as a writer I feel like I've strapped into the big girl ride. And I ready to scream my head off. ;0)

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  28. I'm with you Morgan. I'll ride in the front. Maybe that's where the agents are?? Haha :)

    But I do believe in myself as a writer. I just have to keep riding, going up and down, up and down, until I bump onto a slightly different track and keep riding.

    I used to play this nintendo game, Donkey Kong. There was a level where you rode in a rail car and there were holes in the track and you had to jump over them. Someday we'll get to jump to a new track and get to ride that ride over, and over, and over :)

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  29. Great post! I love rollercoasters. I can't imagine NOT writing, so I guess I'm all strapped in. That doesn't stop me feeling nauseous when letting others see my work, though (even my wife!)

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  30. I enjoy rollercoasters. At the end of the day, being rejected at the end doesn't really make the trip a bad one. Besides, I don't really think about what comes after while I'm enjoying the ride. I think that's the only way to keep the roller coaster ride an enjoyable one.

    I don't know what kind of writer I am yet. But I know very well what kind of writer I would like to be ;)
    Who knows, maybe one day. Or maybe not.
    For now, I'll just enjoy this one first roller coaster ride.

    Great post!
    Thank you!

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  31. I recently just got on the ride and hope I never get off and that I'll try a new track sooner than later.

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  32. Tiana Smith's designs are UNBELIEVABLE.

    I especially love that yellow and grey one...

    yes. Roller-coaster... TOTALLY. It happens within projects, in my writing as a whole, in publishing as a whole . . .

    I just have to remember on the downswing that the upswing will feel great.

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  33. This post made me smile. Everything you said could be applied to so many things in life - hell, life in general. Love it!

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  34. I LOVE roller coasters, and I adore your metaphor! I just got off one roller coaster and got straight on another one. Sure they are downs but the ups more than make up for it!

    Thanks for the recommendation. Off to check Tiana out now.

    J.C. Martin
    A to Z Blogger

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  35. Me, I'm buckled in for the ride. I've accepted my fate and am moving forward regardless of the highs and lows.

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  36. FYI, to make things clear:

    *disclaimer*

    The different Roller Coaster I'm explaining being on has nothing to do with being ahead in the industry... Gosh, we all know that isn't the truth. So, please do not mistake my intent. It's the EMOTIONAL roller coaster I'm talking about. I'm off the kiddie ride in that way... where I don't need to be coddled any more. I feel like I've stepped up EMOTIONALLY with handling this business and am willingly jumping on the ride.

    Just wanted to throw that out there in case it came off another way that I did not mean! Pretty sure that was clear to most of you. ;)

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  37. Ooh, I've admire Tiana's blog ever since I first came across it. Thanks for sharing about her giveaway :)

    I've already buckled in, but I still doubt sometimes!

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  38. Love this post. Conquering the writer roller coaster is no small feat. Congrats. I'm still on the kiddie one. I need lots of coddling. Damn!

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  39. Great post. Can you believe I've hit everything on that list? There's new stuff getting added to it recently. But, yeah. This writing business is an emotional thrill ride! :)

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  40. I think I'll always have moments of doubt. Always. I think it's part of the creative mind... at least that's what I tell myself ;)

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  41. You take the words out of my mouth, girl. This ride has been extremely difficult but so good at the same time. It's kicked my bum but I wouldn't have it any other way. And I have to say that I no longer need coddling. I can take crits and not get sad or, heaven forbid, cry. Love it!

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