Right now I’m in Bali, coaching at The Daily Love Writer’s Mastermind Retreat, working with some amazing warriors who are writing the first drafts of their novels, memoirs and screenplays in one month!
We’ve just passed the midpoint, and this is where the process gets tough. As with any writing project, it all starts out fun, full of light, inspiration and momentum. But inevitably we hit stumbling blocks, doubt creeps in, we start wondering if we’re on the right track.
Suddenly, other ideas that have been percolating seem far more promising.
We feel like giving up.
Here are some things to remember when you reach this part of your writing journey.
If you truly believe that the idea you are working on is bankrupt, then by all means, let it go. But make sure this isn’t just the voice of resistance, letting you off the hook. There was something about this project that pulled you. Find a way to reconnect with it.
Take Action. If you are caught in a spiral of wanting to give up, think about how many times this has happened before. Did you give up? What happened? What could happen if you stayed with it?
Wanting to give up is a natural part of your writing Hero’s Journey. Just like your main character, you will hit the Ordeal where fear and doubt and frustration appear. Can you face these feelings? Can you fully feel them? Can you move through them and lift up your sword and fight on to the end of the draft?
In writing, as in life, it’s the warrior who gets the reward. This process may be ugly and brutal and bloody, but it’s through taking this journey that the true lessons are learned.
I know you can do it. Keep going.
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