“Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over and
whispers, ‘Grow, Grow.'”
Sometimes when you’re working on a project for a long time, you can lose sight of what you’re trying to accomplish. You can feel discouraged and consider slacking off. Finding the wherewithal to keep going isn’t always easy. And when you’re feeling lousy about your work, guess what? Your work feels lousy about you in return. Not a great place to be!
But here’s something I’ve experienced: When you keep showing up, day after day, even when you really don’t feel like it, the universe pays attention. And if you fight through an especially tough bout of nothing’s- happening-here-and-why-am-I-doing this?, then the universe will often send you a little gift as a reward to keep you going.
This happened to me just recently. My YA novel revision hit a snag and was on a sluggish track to nowhere. This was no fun, believe me. But I kept slugging away and things started picking up. About this time, my sister Steph was telling me about an author who spoke to his readers in a very unique voice. We started talking about a character in my book who makes a brief appearance and how I might use his voice to tell part of my story.
As soon as I hung up the phone, a sentence popped into my head, just like that! It turned out to be the first line of a poem about my character that ended up in my book and led to a series of other poems told from other characters’ points of view. I’m very excited about the concept and think it’s going to add an aura of mystery to my story. But here’s the best thing about this: It’s totally re-energized me! Recently, I was up all night scrawling down bits of poems that were flashing through my head.
So if you’re going through a rough patch, keeping pushing through it. If you do, then on the other side, you’ll find something amazing waiting for you. It won’t be wrapped in paper, but in words. And write on!