But never when it came to my writing.
How do you quit a dream? How do you quit something that fills you up and keeps you sane? Do you think you’re the only one who’s ever thought of quitting the struggle writers face each day? It doesn’t get any easier after being published either. The words do not magically flow to your fingertips after that first debut novel.
I imagine there were days when J.K. Rowling wanted to poke Harry in the eye, shave Hermione bald, and throw Ron under the nearest trolley. Or maybe Stephen King wanted to take his characters and…wait. Nevermind. He does torture his characters.
But they never quit. Oh, the horror if they had, the loss of all those stories which shaped us, made us believe the impossible and had a hand in forming who we are today.
Breaks are a necessary part of the writing process. Take a step back, catch your breath, mull over the possibilities, or just forget about it for a few weeks so you can recharge the magic. Then get to work again. Because dreams don't happen if you aren't willing to sweat over them a little, or in some cases, a lot.
Save those other two words for more appropriate situations…like during the last conversation at your day job the morning after the film rights to your best selling novel are sold to the CW.
Then you can scream it. Or put it up in lights. Whatever works for you.
This has been a post for the Insecure Writers Support Group.
Because it’s no fun being nuts all by yourself.