A few lines from a new subscriber encouraged me today. Are you going through a river? Are you going through a fire? Remember the “when” in your life is there to give you momentum.
One of the recurring truths I talk about to those who want to write is to work incrementally. Start small and work up. And an email from a friend brought the truth home. I want you to celebrate with her and thereby learn to celebrate your own, incremental publishing victories.
Getting to the page every day will help you reach your goal. I use word count as a test of how a project is going. If I hit the word count, I feel a lot better about my process. But what do you do when you don’t hit the word count?
How do you want readers to react to your words? How do you want them to respond? Is it okay to plan that? Is it okay to want readers to respond in some specific way? Here’s a response to a radio topic that relates to your writing. I’m not suggesting you manipulate people—but be authentic enough to cause your reader to respond. If you’re scared to do that, listen to this writespo!
It doesn’t seem real when you first begin. It feels like a pipe dream. That thing in your head will never be translated into something you will hold in your hands. But it happened to me again last week and the feeling never gets old. I want you to feel that same thing with your writing.
Where you are now is where you will want to be at some point in the future. The doubt, despair, hope, frustration, dreams you have right now is the key to unlocking truth from your words. This doesn’t diminish your desire to “arrive,” but it will help frame the struggle.
I am excited and scared about a road trip I’m on right now.
Find the thing that helps you find your story. For me, driving is the thing that awakes, loosens characters in my mind and helps me get them to the page. You have to hear the quote I discovered today—and may your story, your life be a song of the soul set free.
Something happens inside when our creative nerve is touched by someone who writes a poem, a song, a story. Your job as a writer is to harness your own longing so that you touch that nerve in someone else. And when that happens, you fuel creativity in yourself and others.