I follow Rachelle Gardner, who is a Literary Agent with WordServe Literary Group and she had an excellent post today about "What's Your Brick Wall?" She was writing about the obstacles in our lives that we run into (like a brick wall) that make us question if we really want to continue. This happens in normal life and in writing. It made me think of what is my "brick wall".
* Not feeling like a good enough writer
* Writer's block
* Having a friend/family member tell me to pick a different "love"
A brick wall shouldn't stop us from doing what we dream about doing. It's ONLY there to remind us that it's not an easy path to become a published author, but we need to keep fighting for it. Bricks wall as not indestructible. We can take a hammer to them and break them down, so they aren't in our way.
I can think of many bricks walls in my normal life; my grandma's death, uncle's death, two family friends' death - all in the span of eight months, thinking that my life was worthless and considering suicide as a teenager, moving my freshman year of high school and having no friends for a year because I was so bitter and angry, losing my close friend Chris this year, no knowing what to do with my life, feeling undateable -- the list could go on and on, but those things have never stopped me from writing. They have shaped what I write and who I am. I'm a better person because I've survived through the tough times.
I won't let a brick wall stand in the way of my dreams of writing. I'll break it down.
This song has been really encouraging for me. I know it's a kid's song, but it has a great message.
What bricks walls have you run into - in writing or in life? Have they helped you understand how badly you want something?