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