“Failures are expected by losers, ignored by winners.”
- Joe Gibbs
So how’s your recovery? Are you one of those writers who either procrastinated away your allotted writing time or simply never goes into the office to do the daily word count?
Have you been paralyzed by criticism or rejection? Or perhaps both? Do you feel alone, afraid, inadequate or incapable of finishing the story you started, the “book of your heart”?
This blog will be about recovery. This blog will tell you rejection is a part of life. This blog will explain, in case you don’t already know this, that you must try and fail in order to perfect your craft.
Ohm, what’s that you say? Am I supposed to write anyway? Even if I don’t feel like it? Even if there’s something more interesting on TV? Even if I can’t find an excuse to avoid doing what I really want to do, but am afraid to do, because my first draft won’t be perfect?
So seriously, I am telling you what I’m sure you already know. Writers write. They do it even when they don’t want to because of things like deadlines; making promises to editors and agents and desire to be respected and believed when they say they will turn something in, . . . yes, a deadline.
Most of my writer friends who are already published tell me mortgage payments and children with appetites are great inspiration. Not always, but sometimes.
They also say that writing is something you should do every day, that writing a book doesn’t come easier with the number of completed books but some days are fun and others are not. Once they start writing they find inspiration along the way, and when they don’t they still consider the “forced” writing to be good quality.
What more could you ask for? It’s like tennis and poker, play more often and you will likely improve.
Oh, and if you’re a born storyteller? There probably is no recovery.