It just occurred to me as I titled this post that “striking out” can be positive or negative.
I’m striking out on a new adventure! 🙂
I’m striking out on this revision. 😦
I am hopeful that I mean the former.
I had a weird night, mostly in that I didn’t sleep, not for one minute. I stayed up looking at clickbait, and then it was one am, then I stayed up reading, and then it was four am, and then I watched YouTube, and then it was six am, and then the sun was up and I wasn’t tired whatsoever, so I got up, went downstairs, and now I’m on my computer, and it’s seven-thirty am, and I just yawned. This is my life.
Anyway, I’m diving into a new revision today. I plotted and prayed (and need to do more of both, I’m sure), but long-time blog readers will know that too much plotting destroys my soul and the soul of my stories, so I’m walking into the battlefield mostly unarmed.
Writing takes so much courage. It costs me just to open up my document.
And even though I prefer going in with just a minimal plan, it’s still really, really scary. (Maybe even scarier? I hate to pit plotters and pantsers against each other. Writing– period– is just really hard and vulnerable and frightening– period.)
Think of me today.
Best of luck with the new revision. Your bravery, strength, and determination astonish and inspire me. xo
You’re way too sweet. Thanks, Alison. Sometimes I feel silly for talking about the courage it takes to write (on Memorial Day, no less!).
I totally know exactly what you mean, but I feel like that kind of comparison can be really invalidating. Of course, it takes courage to write – especially when you are struggling.