Thursday, September 11, 2008

Slipping and sliding

I wrestled to write this post this morning.

Still am.

But as a writer-in-progress, I promised myself I'd write about the upward climb to my goals as well as the slip on the path or the tumble back down to the ground or the time I reached for the branch and it broke.

Are you following me?

There are the days when I get that letter in the mail or the call or the great email and then there are those days when I feel about two-inches tall or really really dumb and I doubt my already bruised ego can take another rejection.

I think I'm there. But the good news is I know it won't last long because it never does. When I find myself struggling with the feelings of being an inadequate writer--it's time to step back and remember why I'm doing it and who I'm doing it for. Certainly not me.

I didn't get on this path because I wanted to give myself any glory--I write because I hope to inspire people and point them toward God. Sometimes that will happen, other times, when I rush ahead or choose the wrong words or place to send--it won't.

But none of my efforts are wasted. Each time I mess up, I learn something that prepares me for the next effort.

Okay--so I'm climbing again--see you on the next mountaintop!


Anonymous said...

Wonderfully said. And, unfortunately, without the valleys, we wouldn't know how great the mountaintops are.

Joanne said...

I think there are a lot of climbers right on that mountain with you! I like your attitude, tho, that no matter what, you'll make it to the mountaintop. Happy writing today!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Every day you inch a little closer, as long as you don't stop forward movement! Go get 'em, girl!

AnooCre8ion said...

You know Terri, how you behave in the wilderness(valleys)determines how long you are going to stay there. With that kind of attitude it's no surprise you make it to the mountain top pretty soon.

Thank you for not just sharing your triumphs with us but also your trials.


Janna Qualman said...

You've expressed well how I sometimes feel. I was really discouraged with my writing a few nights ago, had taken a pretty steep tumble, but it doesn't take long for my perspective to right itself. Then I remember this is what I'm supposed to be doing, and that I CAN do it. Best to you!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I'm here from...

somewhere, can't remember.

You are not alone in your walk of writing and rejection therein. It's been a difficult pill to swallow as it is a dream I've held in my heart and through my pen for a long season now.

Sometimes, it's hard to climb out of the pit, but when the writing is within, it's gonna come out sooner or later. It has to.

This is my measure for the "pressing on" and for the process.


Stonefox (otherwise known as Heidi) said...

We all have the "down" times, so you are not alone! But where else is there to go but up? Thinking of you today...

Cheryl said...

As a writer myself, the most important thing to me is to 'show up'. If I just show up - meaning turn on the computer and open what I'm supposed to be working on - then I pretty much stay on task. I have a sticky on my computer screen that says, 'one page a day'. No matter what, when I show up and write that one page - I usually find I can write much more. Love your blog! Cher