Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Good News is Welcome Too at the Insecure Writer's Support Group

I'm not a discouraged writer as I write this. I still want to feel the support of my peeps in this group, but I'm just saying - I feel pretty darn great. And it isn't that I've heard from a publisher or an agent. It's not because I can quit my day job and focus totally on writing. Michael Ondaatje hasn't offered to mentor me. It isn't any of those things. It's simply because I have been working on a revision of Bright Angel and I stopped for a couple of months for reasons I don't need to go into, and I went back atter AND I solved a big problem in what feels like a brilliant fashion. I didn't lose it - my focus, my connection with the story, none of it. I let it sit and ripen while still doing things that feed my creative heart - drawing, putting on a show, solving work dilemmas by thinking out of the box. When I went back in and got to the problem point (right near the end, sometimes called 'the climax') I fought it tooth and nail. I got tired and weepy and said it was okay as it was. And then I lingered longer. I stayed with it and pushed through and low and behold, while I was meditating, I got it. I could sing it from the rooftops - I feel like I'm a character on one of those Viagra commercials - or like I took off too-small hiking boots - I mean relief. R.E.L.I.E.F.  - you know what it means to me - sock it to me sock it to me... etc.

It is so exciting to make that breakthrough and to remember 'in my time' not anyone else's. In my time.
Thank you and carry on.
This is the One Thousand And One post.


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

That's great, Jan! That's such a good feeling when we work out plot holes and other story problems. Glad things are going so well for you! :)

Margot Kinberg said...

Oh, that's fabulous, Jan!! And I couldn't agree more. We have to remember those good days, too. They sustain us.

Pat Garcia said...

Isn't that a fabulous feeling? You go back after a break and you know that you know that it's going to be okay because you know you can do it.
All the best in finishing your work. You can do it.

Christine Rains said...

Fantastic! You can do it! :) Have a wonderful IWSG day.

Arlee Bird said...

I like that attitude. Feeling great is, well, pretty great.

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Tossing It Out

Gwen Gardner said...

Good for you for sticking with it! Sometimes all you need is a little distance, then when you come back you're seeing clearer.

Nadine Feldman said...

Yeah! I love it! It feels so good to solve one of those story problems. You knew when to step back and when to push a bit...congrats!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Awesome! Revel in the moment.

Karen Jones Gowen said...

Oh I love it when that happens. I know the feeling. And how glad I am I persevered instead of stopping too soon.

Jeffrey Scott said...

I love that awesome moment when things suddenly come together. I had a similar moment a few weeks back. I was having problems in my story. I too was pretty near the climax. How was I to resolve it? I had already pushed it away for several months but sometimes I have to push myself TO work on a story. I know it can be good to shelf it for awhile. Then, I started writing and it's almost like it wrote itself and I had that "AHA!" moment. You know that moment. When you actually shout it out loud and people sitting around you wonder what is your problem. Glad things are working for you now. It's encouraging to hear that.