As a member of several writing groups, including our own, I’ve noticed one experience common to most writers (including me): The rollercoaster of creation.
Writing can have plenty of thrills. The adrenaline rush when inspiration strikes. Perfect words. Competitions won. Publishing deals awarded. Great reviews received.
Then there are the lows. Words that won’t come. Stories that don’t work. Unhelpful feedback. Cruel comments. Disappointing reviews. Rejection.
On the low days, you may fear you’re not good enough, that you’re not a real writer. But you are. You are a true writer. Stay aboard the rollercoaster. Hold on tight, scream out your words if you must. Creative thrills will return. New ideas will come, words will call to you, new scenes will be written, new characters will come into being. You will find magic.
Staying with the ride is how you make luck. Luck is not mystical. It comes when preparation meets opportunity, when writing meets the right opening. So, make your words the best you can make them and keep putting your work out there.
If you win a writing competition or are selected for publication, fantastic. Enjoy your achievements. But, if not, don’t let disappointment stop you writing. Judges, literary agents and publishers may not select your work this time but someone else might. Writing is full of loop the loops, twists and turns. Surprises may come when you least expect them.
Use competitions, submissions and other opportunities as an incentive to polish your words. Deadlines can be a great motivator. But, remember, you are the one who creates the best prize of all: A beautiful piece of writing to share with the world.
Ride the writing rollercoaster. Wonderful words are your reward.