If you are dedicated to the art of being a writer you will not be unfamiliar with hard work. Staring at a blank screen or clean sheet of paper trying to summon up the right words in the right order can sometimes be a struggle.
Crafting a whole novel from the starting point of an arresting character, a key theme or a single scene and developing that across thousands of words is a big achievement. It takes time, commitment, dedication and self belief. Above all self belief. You have to believe you will arrive at your final destination with a novel to show for it. And you won’t always believe. Not every day. There will be some days when you will hate your work in progress, days when the plot is in danger of falling apart or that character you thought would be fantastic turns out to be wooden and no amount of effort will lift him or her beyond a stereotype. There will be days when you wonder why you bother. And days when you would rather watch paint dry if it means you don’t have to tussle with that scene you just can’t nail, no matter how many times you rewrite it.
Writing a novel is long endeavor, months certainly, sometimes years. Several times along the way your self belief will take a holiday. Sometimes a casual yet harsh word can have your self belief packing its bags and departing. Sometimes it is the inability to capture the essence of what you hold in your mind but cannot seem to drag on to the page or screen. Other times it will just disappear for no better reason than you are feeling jaded or overwhelmed.
Know this will happen. Accept it. When you experience it know that you can come out the other side. You just need to rely on your determination to kick in, like a back up generator to keep the work ticking over and you functioning as a writer even if not all the lights are currently on. We can’t all believe all the time but if you are dedicated to the art of being a writer you cannot allow yourself to crumble whenever your self belief leaves the building. Grind it out. Your determination is what will see you through until your self belief returns from its jaunt with a relaxed smile and a sun tan to take up its customary position in your psyche and then all will be well…until the next time.
Today’s blog is the latest in my Flower Seller Thursday collection of writing related blogs leading up to publication day of my debut novel The Flower Seller on Thursday 2nd June 2016 #FlowerSellerThursday
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