IWSG : It's An Uphill Battle

Posted on October 1, 2014

There will be days when you won't feel like writing. There will be days when you want to write, when ideas spiral in your head and make you anxious because you're not capable of writing them down, and yet nothing comes out when you're finally at the keyboard. There will be days when you will write for hours and hours only to find out (possibly the next day) it's all rubbish and it needs to be deleted, like, right away.

When this happens, it feels crappy. It downright sucks and makes you question everything about your pursuit. But, just like it might rain on most of your two-week Hawaiian vacation, or you might spend your birthday in the hospital tending to your broken wrist (happened to my daughter on her 10th birthday), or you might end up annoyed at the date you were so looking forward to, you're just going to have to plow right through it and keep moving.

It's an uphill battle. Sometimes the slope is steeper and more rugged than you expected, and maybe the weather is working against you. A lot of times you will want to give up, go home, and do something easy, like go shopping for shoes or watch a movie. Fine. Go ahead and take a breather. Put your manuscript away for a while; it might be what you need to continue upward. Just don't forget your goal. Relax and rejuvenate so you can go back to your mountain and start climbing again. Don't let those writing muscles go weak. Keep on pushing that manuscript.

Progress is slow for a writer. It often seems like the peak is a moving target beyond our reach. But man... when you're at the summit, and you have finally completed your novel... there is no other feeling quite like it.


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I give Alex J. Cavanaugh and his Ninja Army permission to use my entry for The Insecure Writer's Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond. 




Title: It's An Uphill Battle
Topic: Writing (inspirational)
Books Published: A Selfish Moment, Distant Origins
Blog: http://www.tanyamiranda.com
One-line bio: Tanya Miranda is a mother, runner, parkour enthusiast, intergalactic superhero, and author of romance, thrillers, and fantasy novels.  

18 comments:

  1. The feeling you get when you have finally got your lovely ms perfected is priceless! I totally agree that to keep going, however slowly, is the key to success. That and a belief in yourself and your story. Great to visit today as co-host of IWSG.

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    1. Slow and steady will definitely get you to the top of the mountain. That, and a good pair of climbing shoes. ;-D Thanks for commenting Suzanne!

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  2. It's a sisyphean task at times, but getting a book to publication is totally worth it.
    Elizabeth Hein - Scribbling in the Storage Room

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    1. Absolutely! Getting it done, editing it, chopping it up into little pieces and putting it back together into a readable state is undeniably worth it.

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  3. There isn't another feeling like it. And it's all right to take a breather, just don't quit.
    Thanks for contributing to the book!

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    1. I think breathers give you enough distance that you wind up needing to work on your manuscript. It's like runners who, after a few days of not running, feel the need, the itch to run. But you can only get that itch by stepping away for a while. Ironically, the distance brings you back. (That sounds like a song lyric from somewhere...)

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  4. So true. I think I just hit the bottom of that hill and am trying to find the will to start climbing again. It'll happen eventually :).
    Ninja Girl

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    1. I think we've all hit that bottom. I know I have, several times. I've learned that the best thing about hitting bottom is there is no other way to go from there but up. Good luck Ninja Girl!

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  5. We need to remember that we will get to the end eventually. And it's an amazing feeling to know that we truly pushed ourselves to get there. Great contribution!

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    1. Seriously. Just as Jason Nesmith says in Galaxy Quest, "Never give up. Never surrender!"

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  6. It is quite an uphill battle sometimes, but it's so worth it to see those final words.

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    1. It soooo is. Thanks for stopping by Shannon!

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  7. Writing really gives us a roller coaster of emotions, we can get so low when the battle gets to us, but man the high is so awesome!!! Great post :D

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    1. I sometimes binge on Godiva biscuits and B&J Cherry Garcia ice cream to get out of those lows. They make all the bad stuff go away. :-)

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  8. I feel like that first paragraph is me daily! You hit the nail on the head here! Thanks for visiting me. :D

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    1. Debra, it just so happened that I was in that type of funk when I wrote this post. Interestingly enough, writing about not being able to write got me working on my WIP again. Funny huh? I wonder if that's a writer's block fix. Hmm...

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  9. "Progress is slow for a writer." <-- couldn't agree more!

    I just had a discussion with another writer friend of mine over how pointless it all seems to be when you're on the third rewrite of your story. What's the point of writing that scene if I'm just going to delete half of it later, and then my editor with delete the other half later?

    Sometimes I get into 'what's the point' funks that I have to pull myself out of. That's a lot easier said than done, of course. But eventually I just keep working anyway, or I take a break as you suggested, and I can normally work out of it.

    Actually, I'm just beginning to realize the importance of HAVING those breaks, to be honest.

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    1. Those full-page or multiple-paragraph deletes are painful as hell. Sometimes they're a relief. The start of my current WIP was all wrong, and I couldn't see why no matter how much I changed it. I was so reluctant to delete it because I had spent so much time on it. Then I took a break between revisions. When I started the 2nd round I didn't even think twice - I deleted the whole first chapter without blinking. I don't even miss it. My WIP is better without it. Breaks are UBER necessary.

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