Friday, June 20, 2014

The Writer's Path

I'm in a frantic period right now - combination of school almost out, summer fun beginning with camping this weekend, and my NJ conference next weekend. For me this is a peak time, where I push myself on revisions, start thinking about summer submissions, and daydreaming about sharing book-love with an agent.  

But with the excitement of a conference comes the post-conference-collapse-on-the-couch. And with the excitement of submissions often comes the dreaded-rejection-letter. So I needed to take a moment this morning to remind myself of the journey I'm on and embrace its peaks and valleys.

With the help of Sharpie, I present:


I had no idea when I wrote that first word what an exciting adventure writing would be! Yes the lows are totally turds-in-the-pool, but the highs make it worth the swim. (Not my best metaphor, but successfully explains the high rates of cholera among writers.)


Ahh, take a deep breath, focus on the long term, and write on!

12 comments:

  1. I'm the opposite of frantic, kinda comatose. LOL. I'm hoping to recharge the next couple of weeks and then be a Happy Writer (optimism hangs around even while comatose). Hope you have a great time camping!

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    1. Optimistic comatose is the level right before zen enlightenment, I think!

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  2. Yes! Write On! Love it and your sense of humor is great too!

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    1. Thanks Lauri! If you're not having fun with humor, then it just doesn't seem worth it :)

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  3. I would make one amendment to your chart, Instead of the cloud thingies, I'd have the line go right back to the beginning. ;)

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    1. I suppose you're right... the line keeps going up, and you keep learning more with each conference and class and critique and, of course, rejection!

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    1. Lots of ups & downs - just like a great story should have!

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    1. You must be referring to the turds in the pool:) Just think how many writers there would be if the process weren't so fraught with floaters!

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  6. First of all, I am loving the drawing! Second- the reality of it all is so true. The ups and downs are tremendous and I too am hoping that one day coming across the turds will make the swim worth it. I know it will and I don't know any one with more perseverance than you. Glad the conference was great- knew it would be. I'm hoping to get back there next year myself. Just in case you're wondering, I'm still writing. :)
    A2Z Mommy And What’s In between

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    1. Yay! Keep writing. You will definitely be shopping a book next year. Heck by this time next year, you will probably be halfway through your second book :)

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