Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Writing For Life

Whenever I think I'm not quite good enough to be a writer, I remember something "snippety" another writer said to me several years ago. Her lack of encouragement and uppity attitude changed a few things in the way I thought about becoming a published writer. And I held back when I should have moved forward.

But everything happens for a reason at the right time, being in the right place. As I look forward to having my SECOND novel published later this year, I walk without fear, without that dreaded trepidation in the pit of my stomach. The momentum is in full swing, and I am moving forward.

For anyone out there who wants to write that novel, but can't find the time, let me tell you, that's all right. Just keep trying to get a few words down every day. (that really is the key to finishing a novel.) I know from experience that life can certainly get in the way of your goals. When the time is right, you'll know and the curtains will part, giving you center stage to complete all those wonderful words you just have to get out. As time keeps interrupting your writing goals, lending you one tragedy after the other, keep in mind that the word "goals" simply means something is unobtainable at the moment, but not lost forever.

If for some reason you encounter a writer with attitude and he/she tells you, "if you ever find the time to write and you do get a contract, call me," walk away and smile knowing your ship is about to sail home. No one has the right to discourage another writer from doing what they love passionately.

Keep on writing,