Sometime this summer I gave into a little of the negativity that constantly haunts me. I might have even despaired a little. Not exactly a black moment in my writing life, but more a dark grey moment.
I recovered with the help of some wonderful friends, but then I noticed a trend. It appears that over the last month, many of the bloggers and people I follow on Twitter and Facebook have been bummed about their writing journey.
While Facebook can a place of pithy sayings and sound bites, political extremes (right now) and advertising gone wild, there are also some amazingly deep, disturbing or beautiful photos to share. The two photos I'm sharing below seriously made me stop and think.
I never thought about it before, but Winston Churchill is right. Whether the dog barking at us is our own inner doubts, or people who don't "get" our writing, or the naysayers who actually want us to fail, the more time we spend trying to respond to them the less time we spend walking down the path of our writer's journey.
And it is a journey. We will never be happy with where we are at any given moment. My personal opinion (and you can all tell me I'm stupid in the comments, if you want - just be nice about it!) is that, as writers, we have ample imagination and we are always thinking forward. What's the next idea, plot point, paragraph, sentence, word.
That wonderfully creative imagination also compels us to never be satisfied with where we are in our writing journey, because we are always looking forward to where we are going next. And then we get frustrated when it doesn't happen the way we imagined it should have. I suppose it could just be me who is like this...but I don't think so.
What does it all mean? Well, for me it means I have to work on being patient. I have to learn to be content with where I am in the present moment. And... I have to keep walking along the pathway of my writing journey and trust where it leads me. My journey is mine, and yours is yours and they are both good and right.
I hope you all have a fabulous week! How is your journey going?