My writer friends and I spend a lot of time talking about being on the ledge. You know, THE LEDGE – the times when you are convinced your writing isn’t good enough, or you can’t possibly handle one more rejection or you’re just emotionally spent.
We have spent so much time talking about it, it has become a bit of a joke – a buzz phrase to tell each other when we need a pep talk – a reason to write one more day.
I usually find myself on the ledge when I’m struggling with my words – they aren’t flowing easily and the plot is problematic. Or when I read an amazing book and think “No way is my writing good enough”. Or when the rejections pile too high in the in-box. Even every-day stress, not related to writing, can bring that ledge ever closer.
I think the ledge issues relate to the emotional nature of writing. As artists, we pour ourselves into our work, ripping open the inner most aspects of our nature and weaving it into our stories. This emotional aspect is what compels many of us to write. And our perceptions of that emotion are what make it such a roller coaster ride.
Well, this week I’ve decided to stop pushing against the ledge, scared that I might fall off.
This week I’m taking up cliff diving!
I mean, seriously, why is that ledge so scary? It’s just a little ledge…if my words are not coming easily, I can wait a day to write. If I think I’m not good enough to get published, I can improve my writing skills. And if I am tired of the rejections, I can send out another query, knowing sooner or later the hard work will pay off.
It is all “doable”….
So, no more fear of the ledge. Only embracing the ride
What about you? Have you ever danced on the ledge, afraid to fall off? Or does your own adventurous spirit make you want to jump…and enjoy the ride?