All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.F. Scott Fitzgerald
Of all the quotes I’ve posted in the past week, this in one I’ve related to most. Sometimes I get overwhelmed with all the work it takes to write a novel and sometimes I’m floating along enjoying the ideas that come.
It’s not as balanced as it sounds. Mostly I just chug along doing my best with some idea of what I want. I allow everything to inspire my writing so that means there’s always rewriting and deleting. There’s some limits but I appreciate the freedom that comes with writing my own novel. New ideas can feel big and fitting them into the story can be challenging when working with a large word count. But there’s tricks to navigate that. The drowning feeling is just that, a feeling.
Even with all the drowning and breath holding, we press on. We write our stories, poetry, and novels and we leave the world a great deal fuller than it was before we were born. What a gift that is.