“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
Love these two gems of wisdom: They remind me that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Hitting a rough patch in our writing can be an invitation to reach for something better, stronger, and truer. When we accept this instead of fighting it — when we acknowledge the fact that the work we’ve done isn’t really working — often the
universe reaches out to meet us halfway and give us a helping hand.
Just yesterday, the universe did exactly that: It gave me a boost. I had a new idea for my YA novel and one thing just naturally led to another and by the end of the day, I had a bigger idea because smaller ones had attached themselves to it. Just noodling ideas around was productive: Everywhere I looked, I seemed to see connections.
First, I remembered something that had happened just recently: A chance meeting with a little girl that gave me a little fuel for my story. Then I tracked down something on the Internet sparked by this encounter and learned something else that was helpful.
I was in a state of high alert: You know that feeling you get when you realize that your mind is very receptive and open to new ideas? It’s a great place to be, so I decided to do a “geographic” — to change my locale in order to keep my juices flowing and went to a local library. There, I started glancing at magazines covers to see if anything caught my eye.
I found a few stories that seemed appealing, so I wandered through them, without putting any pressure on myself. I went on a little reading ramble, scanned a few stories and resurfaced with a few germs of ideas that I seem promising.
By the end of the day, I was energized and excited. The bottom line? Sometimes we need to give ourselves the gift of time to simply forage for ideas and nibble at the edge of our writing without any agenda, pressure or expectations. When we give ourselves this freedom and simply relax and explore without getting antsy about where we are in our work, the results can be surprisingly fruitful and creative. So let’s look for the opportunity in the midst of difficulty — and write on!