"In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins not by strength but by perseverance." - H. Jackson Brown
I've been thinking a lot about this quote lately, mostly because I'm not really where I want to be in my writing life. So many things keep getting in the way. If only I had hours and hours to just sit and craft my stories!
But then I got to thinking that even my little nuggets of writing time have pushed me forward. I'm persevering because writing is important to me, even if it isn't the highest priority.
So, if my writing goals are the stream, and the rock is everything else that seems to be a barrier to my writing goals, then, according to H. Jackson Brown, perseverance is all it will take to win that battle.
I've decided to tell myself three things when I don't have the strength or energy anymore and am wondering if it's all worth it.
1. It's okay to take a little break sometimes and recharge my creative batteries.
2 When I think my writing sucks, I'm going to go back and look at the fan mail I've gotten and re-read those reviews from people that loved my stories.
3. I love writing and creating because it fulfills me in a way that no other talent could.
Writing is a part of me, and while the slice of time it currently gets in my life isn't what I'd like it to be, I'm trying hard to be satisfied with just persevering for now. And I know, deep down, that it will all be worth it in the end.