Chris, you have worded my feelings concerning the art of writing, especially in my own life, exactly as I would have. We are rarely understood by family and friends. I see that as musician, too. I feel it. Some don’t. Sometimes during a certain song, my emotions hang in my throat, and I love that it can do that to me. It’s the same with writing–exactly the same.
Many friends just do not understand; they make those that do even that much more precious.
Having recently finished a novel, a first revision, and homing in on the end of a second revision, I plan to seek an agent soon. I laugh when I write that because my passion and the results of it will truly “hit the fan”. Yes, I may be knocked down, but I’m ready to get back up swinging. If there’s one thing I have learned from delving into my passions, it’s that I have to believe in myself.
Great read, Chris. And thanks.
“It ain’t about how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. It’s about how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.’
It seems as though every single writer at some point in their life attempts to describe their process through the analogy of boxing. I’m a fighter they say. I’ve been knocked to the ground and picked myself back up again just to get where I am! Oftentimes their stories are inspiring and can in some way be loosely tied into the boxing metaphor, but after a while they can all start to gel together and fall into a state of forget-ability. It’s a great analogy; don’t get me wrong. But ultimately it’s a terrible cliché that we creative folk have forever tarnished. Even as I wrote out the epigraph at the top of…
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