IWSG hosted by Alex, then you already know the answer.
Two years after I began my journey (or is it three now?) it's still hard. I've been struggling whether or not to continue my writing journey.
Despite progression in my own work, I struggle with how HARD it is.
Never in my life have I loved and dreaded doing something so much. I can
see the worlds, hear the characters, picture their relationships, their
homes, their stories, their lives. But what's on the page never
measures up. It never flows as smoothly as it should. There are too many
options. Too many directions. Too many ellipses....
And it's painful. Something I love to do shouldn't be THIS hard, right? Maybe I should accept that this might not be my thing. Except the thought makes my heart hurt.
And then Laini Taylor spoke to me. Not in person. But it felt like it.
Haven't already heard about her (have you been living under a rock)? She's the author several books including DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE. At the end of the audio book, Taylor did an interview with her editor. The two discussed her writing process and how she struggled as a new writer. So much of that interview resonated with me on a personal level. It was exactly what I needed to hear.
You know how that happens? When you're so lost and someone or something swoops in
like an invisible hand and guides you back on the path? That's Laini Taylor. I literally cried. Her short interview reminded me that the process of uncovering (or discovering) my stories is magical. And, as her characters learn in DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, hope is its own kind of magic.
Thanks to Laini Taylor, I'm back on the rocky path with my compass...and hope.