When I was a little one, I would look out my window each night to wish upon a bright white star, hoping for things that little girls hope for- castles and ponies and beautiful flowing waterfalls outside my walled sanctuary.
As I grew older, the wishes became more realistic (and I realized the star was actually Venus!). With adolescence, I came to learn that you have to make your own magic in this world. You have to set goals and take action to make your dreams come true.
With all projects in life, it is the decisions you make and the paths you take that carry you towards something.
Have you carved your pathway as a writer?
There is a saying that you cannot go around your problems- that you have to go through them. They don’t just disappear. If you go around a problem without solving it, the obstacle can reappear in your path, or haunt you from behind.
It’s a bit like paying your bills. When an invoice arrives, you can put it away in a drawer for awhile, but that doesn’t make it go away. The bill still comes due.
You can wish upon a star for fame and fortune, but it doesn’t show up at your doorstep. You have to go looking.
So what do you have to do to get where you want to be?
The answer can be summed up in one word: Consistency.
Consistently writing, working, planning, creating and putting yourself out there. If one thing doesn’t work, you try something else. If one pathway leads to a dark place, you look for another pathway filled with light.
The key is to not let anything stop you. Kick obstacles to the curb. Stay on your path, despite the storms that inevitably come. Figure out solutions to the block. Create a way to solve it and move on.
Writing is a fantastic thing because it is one of the few things in life that is truly yours.
Writing contains your thoughts, your stories, your emotions, your passion.
No one else can tell you how to do it. You don’t have a boss over your shoulder telling you it’s wrong. You are the boss. You can change it the way you want to. You manipulate your path.
How great is that power? Sometimes we forget that and get stuck. But remember:
You have the power.
You have the magic.
You are the star.
Follow your writing wishes,
P.S. What turns have you taken along your writing path? What do you do when you hit a fork in the road? What do you do when something big seems to block your way?