As we’ve discussed throughout this A to Z series, writing is hard work. You can’t complete a story of any great length in one burst of creativity…and this can lead to discouragement and disillusionment, as the luster of our imaginative worlds wears off. (At least for us; we’ve been there so much, written so much, and rewritten so much that it starts to lose its glamor.)
And this is when the “keeping on” has to kick in. We have to find ways to stay committed, to keep putting in our time and efforts even when writing feels like an endless staircase, falling away at our feet. If we try to rush through it, we’ll fall to the bottom, with more bruises than victories. But if we don’t keep descending, we’ll never reach the bottom. The basement (or dungeon) of our heart awaits–the deepest, most meaningful part of who we are, hidden from view. The only thing standing between us is words. (Frequently, a lot of words.)
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” Samuel Beckett
Some people find help in writing groups, in having others to whom they are accountable. Others set daily or weekly goals or participate in NaNoWriMo. And some just take it one word at a time, writing when they can and taking time off when nothing seems to be coming together.
So how do you stay motivated? What works for you? As we near the halfway mark in this A to Z challenge, what helps you keep writing?
“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” Confucius
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