As writers, we’re often called to head into the wilderness. There’s the wilderness of starting a new manuscript, for example. The wilderness of the “dreaded middle” of said manuscript, when it’s easy to start thinking we’ve forgotten how to tell a story completely.
Then there’s the wilderness of revisions and edits, of sending our “baby” off to beta readers, to prospective agents, or directly to editors. Throughout our time in the wilds, most of us have to juggle life’s other details as well–parenting, working, going to school, etc. Truly, it’s amazing any books get written at all. And yet they do.
At the end of the day, I really think it’s our willingness to bushwhack past life’s maintained trails that can become one of our greatest assets as writers and other creative types. The un-maintained and uncultivated path may be where the greatest challenges and obstacles lie, but, in my experience, it’s also where the gold (of inspiration, ideas, and artistry) is buried.
So, what does your current writing wilderness look like? And what’s your idea of creative gold? Let me know in the comments, or on Twitter @Nicole_McInnes