But I'm not here to whine today. I'm here to share the single thought that's kept me going through all the stress and sleepless nights and revising till my eyes go blurry: I can do this.
Four simple words. But they're some of the hardest to believe, aren't they?
And yet, they're almost always true.
I have a friend who wrote and revised an entire book in three and a half months--and outlined the sequel--so she could turn it into her agent on time.
I have another friend who works full time, has four kids, and has written almost an entire first draft in two-and-a-half months to meet a deadline of her own. She's not there yet, but she's going to make it.
I have another friend who spent late night after late night working to meet a revision deadline--some chapters driving him so crazy he thought he'd never get them right. But he nailed those freaking chapters and turned in the draft on time.
I have another friend who hit a wall in her draft and didn't know how to get around it. But she powered through and found the solution and finished her draft with plenty of time to revise before her deadline.
And me? I wrote over 25,000 words in four-and-a-half days so I could type "the end" and have (barely) enough time to revise.
What do all those things have in common?
None of us thought we could do them until we did it.
It's hard and exhausting and stressful and all that jazz. But it can be done.
So whatever you're facing. Whether it's an impossible deadline, or a busy schedule that never seems to allow enough time for writing or a problem with your draft that seems to have no solution or insert-other-difficulty-here. Remember: you can do it.
If you don't give up, you CAN do it. Never doubt that. Never doubt yourself. I promise: you can do it!*
What about you guys? Any of you do something you didn't think you could do? Feel free to share in the comments.
*this motivational message has been brought to you by an extremely exhausted blogger. Please ignore any typos or general incoherence. :)