Lisa over at the Milk Fever Blog has a post on making a pact as an aspiring writer and how this helped her on her journey to publication. I think this is a very important idea. Writing is a solitary occupation, and that makes it so easy to succumb to doubt and the “Am I crazies?”.
You don’t have to go it alone as a writer.
I have you to thank. Your blogs also keep me energized. Whenever I’m in a funk, your stories, your thoughts on writing, your love of books – all of it – makes me smile and get over those doubts. Even when it comes to hearing about the challenges, the rejections, it’s a relief to know we’re all struggling through the same things. Nope I’m not alone, and neither are you.
Do you have a writing buddy to share your writing progress with, someone that will kick you in the pants if you start to waver, send you encouragement when you’re having a down day?
I’m lucky enough to have at least two such friends, and they’re not easy on me. They’ve got no tolerance for complaints or slacking, but they’re also the first people I go to when I have good news, and to celebrate with. Without them, I’d probably never finish anything. I try to return the favor as much as I can.
So I’m making a commitment:
I promise that even when rejections come, even when doubt makes it hard to write, even when life gets in the way, I will keep writing, with the goal of having a novel published. No matter how long it takes, I will continue to learn and improve until I get there. (Rinse and repeat for every novel in me)
Are you in for the long haul? If you are, I’ll be there to cheer you on.