From the time I learned to knit, I wanted to knit socks, but using double pointed needles intimidated me. My friend helped me to get started, and now I have knitted several inches of my first sock.
When I started knitting, I knitted a few rows, pulled them out, and knitted them again until I got it right. Sometimes this frustrated me.
Knitting relaxes me. I usually knit in the evenings while watching NCIS with Hubby. Even though my fingers move steady with knitting and purling, my project grows slowly.
You know, the same can be said for writing. Sometimes we feel like we have no idea what we’re doing. Guidance from a trusted mentor helps to lay the foundation. Word by word, paragraph by paragraph, page by page, our WIPs grow.
But sometimes we’re too impatient. Once we write that first draft, we think we’re on our way to winning the next Christy. Uh, not so much.
The more I wrote, deleted, and wrote again, I strengthened my skills. Trying to get it right wasn’t easy. Often I experienced a swirl of emotions that ended with me clicking save and closing my WIP until another time. I spent time reading well-written novels and craft books. I attended conferences and retreats. I shared my writing with trusted critique partners.
Taking my time to learn the craft without rushing publication has helped me to land a top-notch agent. And now she is partnering with me to help achieve my dreams.
Crafting a publishable novel does not happen overnight. Like those knitting projects, writing takes time, patience, and perseverance.
Your turn: Is there something in your life besides writing that you struggled to learn, but then celebrated when you achieved it? Are you a patient writer?