Let's face it: writing isn't easy. Which is honestly a good thing, because almost everyone thinks they could/should write a book, and if it were easy, they all would, and then we'd have even less chance of getting published.
But that doesn't mean it's not hard to keep going.
I try to stay pretty positive--especially on this blog, because really, who wants to read a bunch of whiney posts? But I'll be honest here for a second. It's difficult!
This journey has had so many ups and downs it's not even funny, and there are definitely days when I want to delete my draft, back over my laptop with my car, and write this whole 'getting published' thing off as a 'phase.'
So how do I keep going?
For one thing, I try to take it day by day. I try to remind myself that for every day where I feel like every sentence I write is made of suckage, there are days when I love my story, and my characters, and feel like I'm finally getting the scenes right.
There's also having friends/CPs/Beta readers to talk to. It's amazing how much easier it is to keep going after talking to someone who understands what I'm feeling--and can tell me it's okay to feel that way. Bonus: most of the times these people have read some of my writing and can give me the much needed assurance that me, my book, and/or my ideas do not suck--even though I'm convinced at that point that they do.
Then there's what I learned this weekend: the value of recharging. Giving myself some 'me time'--even if it's only a few hours. Shoot, maybe it's only a few minutes. Taking an extra long, extra hot shower so I can have a few moments to relax. Hitting snooze once or twice, so I can lay there and daydream. Taking a short walk (which I fully intend to start doing--erm--as soon as it's not so hot outside. I planned to start yesterday, but holy heatstroke warnings Batman!)
And if all else fails: desserts!
What about you guys? Anyone else think writing is hard??? How do you keep going when you feel like giving up? Anyone want to join me in an extra thick slice of cake covered in ice cream?