Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Wing Tip #8: Dig in Deeper
"Some let the dream go gracefully. Others do not go gently, attempting to write over the years, beginning journals only to let them lapse, showing up for writing workshop only to disappear after the first session. If this describes you, it does not mean that you lack ability, though it may mean you lack ego. But if you can't give it up, if hearing how impossible the odds are only makes you dig in deeper, it doesn't really matter if you've got natural talent. Your job is to marshal the talent you do have and find people who believe in your vision. What's important, finally, is that you create, and that those creations define for you what matters most, that which cannot be extinguished even in the face of silence, solitude, and rejection." --Besty Lerner, from The Forest for the Trees, An Editor's Advice to Writers
I start a lot of things. I don't always finish. That thought sometimes echoes around my head. You'll never finish this novel.
A week ago, I pulled out a box full of old school papers. As I thumbed through paper after paper I discovered writings from my younger self. First grade, a story about my family in which I was the princess. Third grade, a tale with more heart. On and on, I found papers I'd written up through college. Two diaries half-finished and scraps of stories everywhere. All a peek into my young mind. And there was something warm and reassuring in those papers.
I hadn't quit. I'm still writing. And if anything, seeing my young dreams made me more determined to continue. I'll dig in deeper.
What's something from your past (or present) that keeps you writing?