A Great Partner
My last post…”Writing is Work”, suggested some short stories, novellas and novels never see the light of day because the author reaches a point where the writing becomes more work than enjoyment. Distractions can slow a writer to the point of becoming mentally fatigued and lazy. That happened to me.
Most successful ventures have one common important asset — a great partner. Fortunately, I’m married to one. After months of writing absolutely nothing…my wife’s piercing eyes sent a clear message. “Shake it off. Get your buns back to work.” (Actually, she used stronger language than I’ve quoted. The word buns never existed. Her version incorporated a three letter word for greater impact.)
Guess what, though? It worked! I received the message and, I’m pleased to announce…”Ashes on the Lake” is finished — almost. The story is finalized, but it now goes to my editor for punctuation, grammar and anything else he may feel is out of context.
Sitting at the kitchen table this morning I have come to a conclusion. The writing of my novel’s finale had nothing to do with the delay. The culprit holding me hostage — keeping me from returning to the keyboard — was a tired mind. “Ashes on the Lake” may have never been released if not for the lecture of a supporting partner.
Reaching success on any level generally means possessing some kind of support system. Writers are not machines. Our minds can’t be programmed to create a cast of characters or a storyline by simply pushing a reset button or downloading some anti-virus. We need encouragement, determination and enthusiasm to name a few.
And at least for this writer…a great partner!
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