One way to become a better reader is to read more.
One way to become a better writer is to write more.
The best way to write more is to, uh…write more.
Seems pretty simple, doesn’t it?
For someone who loves writing—the rush of characters saying and doing things almost of their own free will, creating beautiful turns of phrase, coming up with that perfect plot point—it sure is remarkable how easy it is to stop.
Over the course of the past year I’ve given myself permission to take breaks for lots of reasons. I started a new manuscript last July which I’m really excited about. The format (epistolary – I’m aiming for 100% non-standard narrative) slows me down at times, but it’s fun and has a lot of potential.
Inevitably, until I get to about the 50% mark in a draft, I often falter. Then sputter. Then, _______________________________________ (< — that’s a flatline, btw. Aren’t I great with visuals??) If I didn’t know this was inevitable, all I would need to do is search through my multiple blog posts where I’ve addressed this exact same issue. (Drone on, much, Janet?)
Usually I come upon the flatline point because I am suddenly neck-deep in work or family or nothing-at-all stuff, leaving me with the ridiculous challenge of starting back up in a story I’ve sort of left fading away.
Here’s where I finally explain my blog post title.
For the past couple of months, maybe even three, I was thinking my 2019 resolution was BELIEVE. And man, I have been trying really hard. I’d even been having more success at it than when it was actually my resolution…in 2018.
I’m embarrassed to say I forgot what my word was this year. PERSEVERE.
The good news is in some areas of my life, I’ve been doing great with this resolution. I’ve needed to get my game on and persevere. Maybe I kind of forgot it was my resolution, but my brain still had it in there somewhere?
No? Maybe? Whatever. Now it’s time to get my act together on that resolution for my writing path. It’s time to look at my current WIPs and dig in. Regaining momentum is hard work, y’all. This is where the mantra “write every day” has its merits. I don’t think it’s mandatory to do it, but it sure does help to do it as often as possible because writing every day keeps me in the story. It keeps my characters alive and active in the back of my head where they like to take up residence. It helps me insert my characters into the real life situations that I experience every day.
Fortunately, my characters are calling to me. I’ve been putting in some words every day now for the past few days. They are few, but, PROGRESS. I gotta keep at it. “Persevere” might include the idea of sticking to something even if there is “little or no prospect of success” except we all know there are multiple ideas of what success looks like.
Consider this post YOUR jump start back into your resolutions. Have you forgotten about them? Hmm?
WE GOT THIS.
Here’s some motivational music to help us:
I got a song and a smile so bright
I’ll make you wish you were here tonight
And if you tell the world your secrets
You never know
They’re set in stone
Or what can grow