Welcome to the GRAND OPENING of a brand new blog chain, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog. Lydia (http://lydiakang.blogspot.com/), Danyelle (http://myth-takes.blogspot.com/), Zoe (http://zoecourtman.blogspot.com/), and I have put our heads together, worked up some remedies, developed some recipies, and rocked out some super fun ideas!
- Every month, the four of us will address a writerly topic or question.
- The topic will travel from blog to blog on a weekly basis and we’ll take turns sharing our thoughts and musings.
We’d love to hear your input too, so be sure to travel along with us and comment!
So, peeps, let’s get the journey started.
For the first round, I’ve come up with the question:
What keeps you writing?
The easy answer: I love it, of course!
Well, honey, love’s not enough. Oh sure, writing for hours on end, despite grainy eyes and carpel tunnel aches, is EASY when I’m in the midst of a passionate embrace with a new work in progress. The words flow so smoothly, the plot expands on its own, and I’m in bliss. *phew! It’s gettin’ hot in here!*
But what happens when passion is on vacation? When the doldrums of proof-reading ONE. MORE. TIME. arrive? Or when things seem dark and bleak and I’ll just NEVER see my stories in print.
That’s when I ask myself the question of what keeps me writing. I mean, really, who wouldn’t question their motives and stick-to-it-iveness without any positive reinforcement?
Right? Come on, admit it. Writing is HARD.
Oddly enough, I’ve minimized that “truth.” (No, not to the point of deluding myself.)
Let me tell you. If I went about writing thinking the hurdles I faced were too tall and impossible to jump, I’d see little point in continuing. I’d be defeated without taking a single step…I mean, er, writing a single word.
And what sense is there in that?
So, what do I do?
I break it down. Focus on ONE piece at a time. Whether it be chapter by chapter, page by page, or even sentence by sentence. (Yes, I’ve been there.)
Take away: WORK ON MANAGEABLE PIECES
Now, what happens when I get stuck on the manageable piece? (Yes, I’ve been there.)
I call on my supports. My writerly friends. Writerly forums and communities (QT and RallyStorm shout outs!). My trusted beta readers–you gals R-A-W-K!
Take away: BUILD AND USE YOUR SUPPORT NETWORK
So, bottom line?
I keep writing because I love it. Love is HARD. Love takes WORK. It requires tackling problems in MANAGEABLE PIECES. And it needs a SUPPORT NETWORK.
For more information on this topic, check out Lydia Kang’s post next week! Here’s the link: http://lydiakang.blogspot.com/