My first lesson has been in perseverance. When writing my first drafts, it’s easy to get caught up in the doldrums of the middle of the book and lose heart. I think a lot of would be authors struggle with this. They start stories that jazz them. Show a passion as they develop the characters and the incidents that set the plots into motion. But they lose steam when the initial ideas are through and the great story goes into a box under the bed. Perseverance pushes through the windless times. In fact, through those sections of my books, new inspiration has come, new events unfolded that I hadn’t expected. How cool. Then my passions stir up again as I near the ending and the climax of my story. But the key is to keep going.
My second lesson has been patience. You know, I could take the perseverance lesson everyday if I didn’t have to do the patience thing. How tedious! Day after day of do-nothing-but-wonder-and-worry. And I HATE to worry. My solution for the patience lesson is to start a new project. Writing is a non-ending process, after all. The same could be said for other areas of patience instruction, though. As long as I’m living, I’ll be waiting for something so the best thing for me to do is not think about the waiting. I know people who just don’t wait. They demand instant gratification. I neither think that’s Godly living nor is it healthy. Learning to wait in a patient, non-worrying manor is an important life-lesson.
Yep, there are times when I’d REALLY like an Easy Button!
Your Turn: In what areas do you wish you had an easy button?
P.S. This post is as part of a meme started by Patty Wysong called A2Z Take 2. You can find out more about it and all the great folks that take part in it HERE.