I have been slacking terribly of late on my writing. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve literally gotten an hour, maybe two, of writing in. I could blame all of the social engagements I’ve had (I’m suddenly a social butterfly). I could also blame it on the bossa nova. The fact is, I’ve had no motivation. Anyone who reads this blog (and the both of you know who you are) know that this is a common lament.
Today I received two sources of inspiration that really make me want to put myself back in the game.
This blog post by Monica Valentinelli is a great morale booster for “any writer who has ever felt discouraged and depressed” (which means, for any writer). The part that spoke to me most was where she talks about the choices that we make as writers:
What choices have you made? Can you live with those decisions?
Well, if you can’t — then make a different choice. If you can, suck it up and get back to that computer! Your next story will not get written if you keep whining about how bad things are. Channel that energy into your characters and turn that frustration into a work of art.
Right now, the place that I’m at in my writerly life is the place where I need to suck it up and get behind a keyboard. I haven’t been, and I actually feel a bit ashamed about it. It’s a vicious circle where I feel guilty for not writing and then don’t write because I feel so down and then I feel guilty for not writing. Not a good place to be…
Do you remember my previous blog post where I wished for more feedback from editors on my writing? I just got the best rejection in my writing life. They took a moment to indicate that the writing was strong and the story was engaging and also gave me an indication of where it fell flat. They’re not using it but they also want to see more from me. HUGE EGO BOOST!
I know…it’s ironic that a rejection can actually be good news, but this one was. I really feel like I’m on the right track, that what I’m trying to do is of worth, and that I can actually DO this (whatever “this” is). After getting that email I immediately wanted to get back to my story and work on it. However, I was at my day job and couldn’t (another of those choices I made). But the fact is I can’t really act on this great rejection until I actually get back on the horse and create more stories (to mix metaphors…see, I’m obviously out of practice).
So, if you’re writing or thinking about writing, don’t give up. Don’t let rejection get you down. Suck it up and get back behind that keyboard…