Let’s face it, every author has highs and lows.
We get a great review on our book.
We get a bad review, and we forget about all the good ones and yays.
We have a fabulous writing day where we’re in the ZONE and words and ideas are flowing through us and onto the keyboard. We’re on a creative high, and we do the happy Snoopy dance.
Then there are days when we’re STUCK. Our creative juices has dried up, and we have been working on the same damn scene for days, maybe even weeks. We start to question if we’re in over our heads, if the book is bigger than us, or if we have nothing left in us.
We take a break, check our emails and receive a message from a fan who says she loves our book and can’t wait for the next one. Now we’re on cloud nine, and our determination is reborn. We dive back into our manuscript vowing to break through the mental blockage.
The power goes out.
The power comes back on, but right when you’re rebooting your computer it flicks off again.
You gotta be kidding me.
So you wait, hoping to God your computer isn’t fried and you haven't lost anything.
45 minutes later.
The lights and clocks pop back on.
Please. Please, be okay.
You hate being reliant on technology and long for the times when things were much simpler, but what are you gonna do? You have to suck it up. The reality is you ARE dependent upon the machine. So you pray that everything is okay.
The computer comes on.
Everything pops up fine.
You release a long drawn out breath that you didn’t realize you were holding.
You’re not out of the water yet.
Did you lose everything you worked on that day?
Once again, you hold your breath and click on the file.
It opens up but all your hard work is gone.
You notice another file that says, Auto Save.
You click on that.
The computer saved the words you labored over in a new file.
Even though you always take extra precautions to save your manuscript, like a thumb drive or saving it to email so you won’t lose weeks or months of your work, what you had created that day could easily be gone when you’re in the middle of it and something like the power going off can cause you to lose it all.
You take a break from the stress and hop on Facebook, silently thanking the universe for not frying your computer. You see posts from your fellow authors who are churning books out like a manufacturing company. You’re happy for them, but you can’t help feeling low about your current situation.
You’re STILL working on the same frickin’ scene in chapter four.
What is wrong with this picture?
You remind yourself NOT to compare yourself with other authors. We all have our own path to walk. You may have a day job you have to go to every day during the week and can only write in the early morning before work, in the evenings, and on the weekends.
How many people have the discipline to do that?
How many people say they want to write a book and never do?
How many people start a novel and never finish?
You give yourself some credit, reiterate not to compare yourself to others, and move on.
You get back to your writing-in-progress and get lost in the story.
This is only part of what authors face on a day to day basis.
Highs and lows.
Why do we do it?
Because we have a fierce passion for creating stories that we can’t ignore, and because we’re all mad.