Riding in the car down to Florida, I had a lot of thinking time. Unfortunately sometimes having too much thinking time can get me into trouble. I began to feel disappointed that my contests weren’t doing better; that there weren’t many submissions. I also felt that people weren’t quite grasping the Teen aspect of the theme. I kept thinking that maybe I should just stick with my writing and not continue to create ways to inspire other writers.
This morning I woke up and read a story that was submitted late last night for the Teen Fantasy Fiction Writing Contest. As I read, I began to get excited. Dare I hope… It pulled me in. I devoured each word. The young character felt so alone in his feelings. He felt that no one would ever understand or except him as he was. He felt so different from everyone else. I deeply felt for this character. I didn’t know what was going to happen. My heart soared as I saw the direction the writer was taking the story.
I almost quit. I almost decided that it wasn’t worth the disappointment of little interest, until I read this story. This writer stretched their abilities and was inspired by the prompts to write a story that touched the depth of feeling, creativity and imagination that I was hoping I could inspire in another writer.
This writer also helped me to understand that it doesn’t matter if anyone submits another story. What matters is that I finish what I started; not to lose hope. That way when I come to the close of it I can feel good about accomplishing what I started.
I will keep doing what I am doing; I will stay with it day by day and enjoy the process because I do love the process.
Have you started a writing project and through disappointment at how it was turning out, you wanted to quit? Did you quit? How did it feel to quit and/or how did it feel to finish? I think as writers we put too much on what other people think. It really doesn’t matter what they think, what do you think? How do you feel about what you are doing? Do you love it? Do you hate it? Do you enjoy it as you are in the process of it?
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I have written in my 750words.com everyday and I have been doing research for Herstory month. I have worked on the contest, submitted to a contest (Why I write) and plan on finding more contests for me to enter as well. I am feeling a little stuck with my own writing and I know I just need to write my way through it as I always do. I am hoping this short vacation to Florida will freshen my mind and get it back on track with my writing.
That’s about it for me, how are you doing this week? Have you taken any new risks? Are you plowing through or feeling like giving up?
I hope you choose to plow.
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