Friday, January 30, 2015

Persistence Party

I’ve had a touch of stinkifunkitis in 2015. (No this isn’t the same as the funkysmellitosis I’m also suffering from after a very sweaty yoga class.)

My word of the year in 2014 was REVISE. And I revised my patootie off.

But this January my revision brain is on vacation. I tried to work it with ReViMo, with medium success. I tricked it into revisions by rereading and analyzing manuscripts when not in front of the computer. Unfortunately, none of the changes are getting finalized into nice final drafts.

So when I read Romelle Broas’ blog post this morning – Confessionsof a Writer: So Close Yet So Far - which opens with this:

I have a confession to make.

Lately, I've been plagued by doubt, fear, and nonsense talk.

I found myself yelling, “OMGollygee, ME TOO!!”

Misery loves company, and boy does it feel good to know I’m not the only one facing a lot of self-doubt.

But this ain’t no Pity Party.

Nope… This is a Persistence Party. After we pin the illustrations on the picture book and crack open the slush pile piñata, we give eachother a big hug and say, “get back to work.”
"I will break this pinata open if it's the last
thing I do."

Because, like Romelle, I find creative writing for children incredibly fun, motivating, and inspiring. What a great job to have. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to write a NEW draft. Because it’s okay to let revisions wait a little bit while I nourish my brain with the bright orange glow of creativity. 


  1. Yay for the bright orange glow and I love that picture.

    1. I really focused on creating a lot of orange glow during yoga yesterday morning. But now I am left with the red glow of every muscle being sore. But sore is always a good place to write from!

  2. Love the "persistence party" metaphor, Lauri :) And man, that is one BIG pinata! lol

    1. That bad boy held a lot of candy! My friend took that fabulous picture and commented that now she understood what it be like to be in a street fight with me:)

  3. So that's what I'm suffering from- Stinkifunkitis! Lol. I can now move on and join your persistence party, Lauri! I can only imagine what's in that HUGE pinata of yours.

    1. Thank you so much for your post Romelle. Note my badge that says "your story rated a 2" over on the side there. :D So fricking close! Thank goodness writing is fun, and I've met so many wonderful friends like you.

  4. Yeah! Keep going! Feel free to get mad, but never stop!

    On another note, what the hell kind of pinata is that supposed to be?


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