Thursday, February 14, 2013

There is no Subsitute,

For hard work. No one can do it for you. No one can make it easier. No one can make it go faster. Doing something that requires hard work takes time, lots of time.

I have been a little distracted lately. I am working on my novel but I have also spent sometime trying to figure out a way to make the process go faster. This has help me realize the above statements. And my search for a short cut has only drawn out the process. The only way my novel will be written is if I sit down and write it.

The other pursues might be fun and make me laugh. Thus they are not a "complete" waste of time. But they are a distraction keeping me from taking steps toward finishing the story.

Its a story no one else can write. No one else can because it my own. I have to do it. And in a world full of microwaves and miracle pills, the time it will take is not any easy thing to swallow.

In many ways, it seems as though I should be done by now. But in all honesty, I am just getting started. There is no substitute for hard work. There are no short cuts. At the end of the day, I have to do it, no matter how long it takes. And its mine to do. To write.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

"I am writing a Novel"

A year ago these are words I genuinely never thought I would say. I was too afraid that if I said I wanted to write people would think me rather odd. While that may be true in many respects, the last year has also proved just the opposite. The words, "I am writing a novel," usually generate interesting conversations instead of condescending looks. I am not sure what I was thinking but it's not often I am pleased to admit I was wrong.

It seems that in being able to say the words myself, I am touching a on a part of me which was previously hidden. That's what others are responding to.

However, saying the words do not eliminate the work. Writing my be a solitary activity but it doesn't have to be a lonely one. A few days ago, I sent some rough draft pages to friends for feedback. I need it. I need help because "I am writing a novel!"