I have fallen off my writing bike a couple of times during this past year.
All sorts of writing related issues can send you flying off your writing bike; crisis of confidence, rejection, negative feedback etc.
Getting back on your writing bike requires bravery. Showing up at your laptop after a flurry of agent rejections requires what I can titanium inner strength.
Yes, climbing back on your writing bike is hard, but it is also what great people do.
The late Irving Stone spent a lifetime studying greatness, writing novelized biographies of such men as Michelangelo, Vincent van Gogh, Sigmund Freud, and Charles Darwin.
Stone was once asked if he had found a thread that runs through the lives of all these exceptional people. He said, “I write about people who sometime in their life have a vision or dream of something that should be accomplished and they go to work. They are beaten over the head, knocked down, vilified, and for years they get nowhere. But every time they’re knocked down they stand up. You cannot destroy these people. And at the end of their lives they’ve accomplished some modest part of what they set out to do.”
Unfortunately, as much as we hate writing failure, it is guaranteed. So, in order to be the successful author in your daydreams, you have to learn to get back on your writing bike after each knock down.
Good things tend to happen after you fall off your bike and get back on. Some of my best creative friendships have started with a supportive blog comment or an encouraging tweet post a writing failure. The online writing community will give you a reassuring and warm virtual hug if you reach out and share your suffering.
I have created some great new characters after falling off my writing bike and getting back on again. The universe feels bad for your story not working out and sends you a gift, in my case a wild and reckless main character who would bring me so much joy that I would end up forgetting all about my creative pain.
Get back on your bike, writer!
Have a fabulous week!