So I’ve been watching the Olympics (I’m a bit of a junky) and have been awe-inspired by these athletes who spend years honing their skills in the attempt to stand on the podium and hear their national anthem played. I mean, can you imagine being that obsessed with something that you spend time every day reworking the same things over and over again?
If you’re a writer, you can. How many years do we spend crafting characters, scenes, plots, etc? How many times do we rework that dreaded first chapter (and any other scene that drives us crazy). What do we sacrifice to type those words on a page in the early hours before anyone else is awake or well into the night?
Writers might not be able to run a marathon, or swim the 800 meter or do a flip and land on a balance beam, but we put sweat and tears into our work and hope that our work is published (that’s our national anthem).
We also look to our readers to judge us fairly. We all want that elusive perfect 10 score and that’s what we strive for as writers.