The Long and Winding Road

Some days are easier than others.  The words seem to flow faster than the pen or the keys.  Ideas have a life of their own and as a writer, sometimes you just feel as though you’re along for the ride.  Other days, not so much, as the muse is not amused.  Strap in, it can be a bumpy ride.  At least, know you are not alone on your journey.  It seems to be part and parcel of the writing process, the road all authors find themselves on from time to time.  Give a little wave, there’s bound to be another on their own trip.

Best thing?  Write through it.  The bad, repetitive words, rambling sentences, the trail to nowhere.  Take a deep breath, a walk or two, make some tea (or something stronger!), stare out that window, but keep your pen in hand.  Slog it out, don’t criticize even if as you write it, your feel it reads like the dog’s breakfast, or the worst greeting card you’ve ever received.  Get it all out, like a scribe, not a censor.  Exhaust the demons, write till you can write no more, then walk away.

The fantastic thing that happens is when you look at it later, say the next day (or even unfortunately, a few days later), it’s not so bad after all.  There may be a flow, or some diamonds in the rough.  Better yet, a new direction, plot twist, character or whole new book may emerge.  You feel refreshed, renewed, inspired, back on the road again, no matter how long it takes, you will reach your destination.  Even if you can’t see it, it’s there.  Trust the process and just keep writing.  In the end, you’ll be glad you did and the story will be stronger for the journey you traveled.

About Barbara Jean Coast

Barbara Jean Coast is the pen name of authors Andrea Taylor and Heather Shkuratoff. She is currently hard at work telling the cozy tales of the fictional town of Santa Lucia, loosely based on Santa Barbara in the late 50's, early 60's, known as The Poppy Cove Mysteries.
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2 Responses to The Long and Winding Road

  1. suecox2013 says:

    Glad to see you on the road with me [wave] — a journey shared is a journey halved, or some such.


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