“Giving up is the only sure way to fail.”
~ Gena Showalter
Perseverance. It’s an interesting word, don’t you think?
As writers we have few qualms about putting our characters in situations that require a great deal of it. They need that dogged determination to overcome those black moments and obstacles that make a story compelling. Through dialogue and narrative readers get to share the journey, explore the resilience of our characters and do it all from the comfort of a favorite chair.
By and large, we writer’s tend to throw a lot at our characters. We try to keep the tension and action tight-rope worthy and the stakes high from page one until the very end. Why? We want a good story. 🙂 It is a challenge to keep the plot, the characters and all the sub-text spinning in the world we create. It is gratifying when we write the final chapter and know we have done our best to tie up all loose ends with our characters and our readers get to exit the story with the promise of a HEA.
But, let’s not forget the most important part of this. Without a writer’s perseverance, that single-minded resolve that keeps us sitting at our computer day after day, none of this would happen. What isn’t evident to most non-writers is the hours spent at a computer, the time carved out of our busy day with surgical precision to spend writing.
Being a writer is a demanding occupation, its damned hard work even on a good day. We give up family time, social/fun activities and, in many cases, sleep while we do our best to make a story come alive. We deal with the frustration of words that fail to adequately evoke the emotions we are doing our best to describe, the dreaded writers block that attacks out of nowhere, and story lines that fizzle for no apparent reason.
How many times have you wanted to throw up your hands and quit when confronted with yet another rewrite? When you have written yourself into a corner and now have to figure out the best way to get back on track? Me? Countless times. There have been instances where I will spend weeks avoiding my computer, convinced I will never write another word, but it is a losing battle – I always end up back in my chair and picking up where I left off. It is a compulsion, a creative outlet and an absolutely exhilarating roller coaster ride with all the highs and lows.
I love it and sometimes hate it with equal passion, but I persevere. It’s what I do. I wouldn’t have it any other way. 🙂