It’s more than just a song by Billy Joel (c’mon, I know we’re all old enough to remember that one). It’s how I have to be with myself about my writing from time to time. The honest truth is, as determined, dedicated, and confident we are that being a writer is exactly what we’ve always wanted, the plain facts are it’s hard work and we have good days and bad days. Lately, I’ve been in a horrible funk. Certain as can be that I’ve lost my mind and gone off on the wrong path. I mean who am I to write? What have I done or seen? What hidden truths are so monstrously important that I have to toss them at the world on so many pages of paper?
Truth is, I have to stop thinking like that. This is my passion. There’s not one thing I’ve wanted longer or more ardently. I have to accept that there will be good moments and bad, when everything I write is like a slug from under a rock–gray, shapeless, unappealing. This even happens to the best writers, so who am I to let myself get discouraged? A quitter? No way. I’ve ink in my veins and can’t deny it.
So, with renewed vigor, I’m going to get back to writing fiction and be all that I can be! So won’t you join me? Set a summer resolution to write more, write often, write terrifically!
And while you’re at it, enter MP’s Summer of Fiction or Summer of Poetry contest while there’s still time! I can’t enter, so I leave it up to you to dazzle me with your prose and poems. I’ve got my shades so you can shine! :chic: