Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Writerly Wednedays

Believe in Yourself

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Did you ever notice that getting to your destination is a whole lot longer than arriving back home? Whether its by plane, car or foot. Have you ever wondered why?

I thought about that as I walked over to a friend's house. It took longer arriving there than getting back home. How is that if its the same exact number of steps?

I believe it's all in in the mind. A person has a certain mindset of anticipation as s/he travels to the place. Anticipation is like suspense. Suspense makes things edgier and a bit harder to bear. We are yet empty, waiting to be filled.

Once we arrive, we can relax.

The journey home is shorter, I believe, because we are no longer hit with the feeling of expectation. We are filled with what we had set out to do. Yes, even if its from a dentists chair (Bleh!). Our minds no longer dwell on the suspense so the traveling time seems much shorter.

I'm wondering how I could apply this writing.

At first, it starts out as something whimsical. A word here. A word there. Then a poem, maybe? Or a short story? A book . . . Then sometime along the way, we decide to we want to be published. From the starting point, the pathway seems long and impossible. Even trying.

There are constant road blocks. Nay sayers. Rejections. Sharing with others. Critiques. Editing. Revamping. Learning curves. Applications. Finding a good critique group. Finding worthwhile writing friends. Being able to attend writing conferences. There is much more that should be added, but that would make this post way too long! ;)

I can see how writers become so very needy after all this!

I understand that some of the things I've mentioned wouldn't be considered road blocks, such as giving or receiving a critique. I feel it all depends on which stage of writing we're at.

I attribute our readiness to our thoughts. The mind is a powerful thing. We can make it happen or not. We can let others drag us down with their critiques or let it build us. We can say it's their loss when a certain agent rejects us. We can use our growing pains to reach out and help newer writers, even older ones who still face doubt.

I feel that now is the time for writers. Karen told me that when she started out, she hardly knew any writers. There are so many now. Have you noticed? I have!

I believe that the Lord is inspiring an army of us to take the lead and become what the world needs--published authors. Trust yourself in your abilities and believe that you are meant to write, no matter the nay sayers and rejections and discouragement.

What stage in writing are you at? How have you overcome some hurdles in your writing career?


  1. What a wonderful post, Elizabeth. I'm querying my first novel for the second time - obviously to different agents, a couple I've doubled over - I figured they probably get so many that they wouldn't notice, and it's been about 4 months anyway.

    I've written four drafts of my novel. I've finally reached a point where I can really understand the formula that a women's fiction writer needs to keep in mind to keep their reader interested. Emotional suspense at it's best!

    My fourth draft was basically a huge manuscript massacre! I chopped out nearly 20,000 words and added/rearranged about 5,000-10,000.

    It's now 87,000 words instead of 100,600, but that's great. It moves faster. It never stops moving. I had so so so much of my protagonist rambling in her head. In the end, after some wonderful advice from a published author, I got rid of most of it. She made me realise that the reader can see that my protagonist is a bit of a rambler through the present action and that none of the bigger chunks of inner thoughts were necessary.

    At each draft I learnt something new. And I'm SOOO glad I stuck with it, because now I feel really confident about it. Let's hope agents do too, otherwise I think I'll curl up into a little ball and cry! I've been working on this book for four years!

  2. Whoah! EPIC COMMENT! you're the first to get such a long one ;)

  3. Hello Jessica! I'm honored for such a wonderful comment, too! Thank you! That's a lot of work and heart you've put into your book. I'm glad the publisher gave you suggestions on how you could work through it.

    Let me know how it goes, please! :)


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