Today, I climbed Mount Everest and planted my flag at the peak.
No, I didn’t take an actual expedition to Tibet; instead, I conquered the fears that were holding me back with my writing.
You might remember that Emily, my agent, offered me some wonderful suggestions for revision, for which I was (am!) very grateful. Nothing major, mind you, just a few tweaks and adjustments here and there, to make certain pieces pop and to help smooth over some rough edges. After they’re finished, she told me, we’ll be ready to submit my manuscript.
Maybe you’re one of those people who can easily find and fix mistakes, somebody who doesn’t struggle with revisions. Not this writer. I agonize over each addition or deletion. In short, time passes but I can’t seem to get to the finish line. So finally, I told Emily that I needed to break things down into smaller goals and deadlines, in order to be accountable to actually COMPLETING something. And tomorrow’s my first deadline. Only…I ran right past that finish line ribbon tonight! (Oops. New metaphor. Ah well, at least they’re both related to, um, exertion and accomplishment.)
Naturally, I got some help from my LJ friends. (Thank you, you know who you are.) But I also got (re)inspired by my favorite quotation by Goethe:
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”
I’m looking forward to sending my revisions to Emily tomorrow morning. And for the first time in a while, I’m excited about continuing my writing expedition.