Now that I'm retired and writing, I find I need a lot of PATIENCE every day. I was toying with the importance of these words in my life when it occurred to me that, for a doctor, patients are a virtue. For a writer, patience is a virtue.
Some writers are prolific. Authors like Jodi Piccoult and Jonathan Mayberry come to mind. Their minds roil with ideas...with engaging characters, compelling scenes, and twisted plots. You get the impression that they can hardly keep up with themselves as the words tumble out onto the page.
And then there's me. Pacing about, mumbling to myself for lack of meaningful dialogue, puttering around...waiting for a story to take shape in my mind. Words lumber onto the page and off again. My delete key is wearing out. It can be very frustrating for a beginner.
Patience is the key...patience and faith. Sooner or later, given sufficient reflection, the characters do show up. Something transpires between them. And eventually, a story unfolds.
If you are just beginning to write...or compose, or paint, or act...don't be discouraged if your work emerges slowly, in fits and starts, with hesitation and delays. Be patient with yourself. The fact that others have found success means you can, too!
Do you feel like you're galloping or lumbering through your WIP?
"Inspiration comes very slowly and quietly...
Your soul gets frightfully dry and sterile
because you are so quick, snappy, and efficient
about doing one thing after another...
You should be idle, limp, and alone for much of the time,
This quiet looking and thinking is the imagination;
it is letting in ideas."
In my next post, I'll tell you about "cherished illusions".