Crossing Over

Today’s blog:  Sink or swim

A good story intrigues.  It doesn’t take a genius to figure that out;  but generating something worth reading isn’t easy.

A professional writer knows  good writing is an art.

          “A writer learns that easy to read is hard to write…

                                                                                                      – C. J. Heck

A writer can have all the passion, commitment and discipline needed to churn out a book.  Yet, he knows that  “the end” is not really the end.  It is only the beginning.   He now faces that moment of truth and asks:   Is my story good enough?

Crossing Over

Having a story good enough to be published is every writer’s dream.  Crossing the figurative bridge to get there is not so easy.  It can be scary, even immobilizing.  Still there’s no turning back – either you cross and make it over (get a deal); or, you attempt and the bridge collapses (no deal, pal).  You now face the million dollar question:

“sink or swim?”

Uh-oh.  Can’t swim?

The War of Art

Me neither – I was drowning.  I needed help; I was going under.  Then, not one, but two life-preservers were thrown my way.  Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of The War of Art and Do The Work, saved me.

He made me swim across.  No, I didn’t get to walk over the bridge, but I gladly paddled to the other side.  What did that teach me?  I learned nothing is easy; you work hard for it…you work very hard for it.

Writer-to-writer

I challenge you not to sink!  When you need sage advice, read Steven Pressfield Online:  http://www.stevenpressfield.com/category/writing-wednesdays/

I do.

Meanwhile, know your story matters.

Sunshine and rainbows!

S. Whitten

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