I think it’s time to brush off my ark-building skills.
It’s been pouring for 5 solid days, and the forecast shows nothing but rain for the foreseeable future (which in weather forecasting terms is 5 to 10 days.) Every pair of shoes I own (all 2 of them) is wet because, rain or no rain, you’ve just got to get outside for at least a few minutes every day, don’t you think?
So, while I try to figure out what a cubit is so I can stay afloat, I will share a little tidbit I found on Monday evening when I was finishing Sarah Dessen’s new book, What Happened To Goodbye (an excellent read that I recommend.)
As a writer, it sometimes feels hard to keep your head above water
(you like how neatly I segued from the ark to writing? That was pretty smooth…) There are days when the words won’t come, and other days when the words that come aren’t right, or aren’t good enough, and still other days when you send off a ms you think you really nailed to your agent and she replies five minutes later that it’s “cute” but a one-time read better suited for a magazine. Or that you’d be better off using that one as hamster bedding….
Writing is tough.
But here’s what makes it better: every writer feels the same way. Really, we’re all in this together. It’s wonderful to have writer friends, both those you actually see in real life and those who have become friends via blogging, because we all get it and we can all toss each other a life-saver (the boat kind, not the candy, although the candy is good too…) when we need it.
(Really, I’ve got this boat metaphor thing going strong, don’cha think?)
So anyway, here’s what I found in the back of Sarah’s book. In the acknowledgments she wrote, “Many thanks to my agent, Leigh Feldman, and editor, Regina Hayes, for their support, wisdom, and willingness to be aboard the crazy train that is my writing process.” I find it so incredibly comforting that a writer of Sarah Dessen’s talent and success refers to her writing process as a “crazy train.” It makes me feel like I’m in good company, and if she can create such wonderful books from aboard her crazy train, maybe I can create something good from my ark 🙂
What’s your writing process like? What do you find comforting/helpful?
P.S. As I don’t usually post on Tuesday, and was away at a school visit all day yesterday, I missed the chance to link to Catherine Johnson’s wonderful blog where I was interviewed. If you’re interested in reading it, please visit Catherine Johnson.