Your writing life will never be ideal, and that’s okay. It won’t be for your characters, either. After all, dealing with the mess is what makes a great story.
Bear with me. As I write this post, I’m more than a little mad. And I don’t mean “crazy,” either. I encountered a fellow the other day who spoke things so poisonous, so deadly to the creative mind, that I suspect he’s already left a battalion of writer-corpses in his wake.
And I’m not staying silent about it anymore.
Writing is a strange thing, filled with emotional roller-coasters and storms and deserts. Who would ever put themselves willingly through this? Well, you (and me). Why? Because you have something to say. The only person who can tell your story is you.
What would you write if you knew you couldn’t fail? I promise I’m not setting you up for failure. There is a very good reason I’m asking this question.
Practice your tools to fight fear now, while the sun still shines, or you’ll be fumbling to find them in the dark.
According to last week‘s responses, failure is the number one fear that writers face. Maybe we should start by defining it.