Wednesday, October 27, 2010
As the winds of autumn snag the bright colored leaves and swirl them to their winter resting places, writers all over the world settle in for a long winter of creativity.
You want to finish that novel inside you, but there are uncertainties. Your path is unfamiliar. For a while you were able to navigate your way, but now you discover a bend in the road. The daunting unknown claws at you with both terror--and even a sense of excitement as your strain to see what's up ahead . . . just around the corner.
I learned something from years of riding my bike and running along trails: A trail never looks the same when you travel it from the opposite direction. Sometimes I'd jog deeper into the woods and get spooked. Fear would jump out of the woods from nowhere and trip me up. When I turned around, I didn't recognize the trail. Same trail. Same foliage. Completely unrecognizable. I'd stop and gaze in both directions. Always, the direction I was going looked and felt like the right way. I'd run through my fear, accomplish my goal and celebrate victory!
The same truth applies to my writing journey. When I got scared, I'd think of stopping. I ran the other way, but going backward never felt right. I'm only at peace when I'm headed down the path God carved out for me--no matter the uncertainty.
Today when I come to a blind curve in the road, the thrill of what's around the next bend propels me to stay on the path. To write the next line. To type "The End."
Let me encourage you to do the same! Keep moving forward, around that unfamiliar bend in the road. Discover what's waiting for you.
We're writers. It's what we do!