“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” ~Martin Luther King
So true isn't it?
I've been neck deep in editing all weekend and thought about writing a new post but my mind is running amuck elsewhere. Then I read the lovely Katie Ganshert's post about getting overwhelmed as a writer and I remembered one of my favorite posts about the same topic. Between my post and Katie's I'm hoping we can remind any discouraged or frustrated writers to never give up (if writing is what you REALLY want to do.)
So, I'm cheating. This is a repeat post from last year but it still applies to me today and I believe wholeheartedly in every word...
When I first thought about writing a novel I thought about MLK's quote and stepped. Blindly.
Staring up at the spiraling, intimidating, long path in front of me.
Wondering if all this climbing and stressing is worth it.
Is it foolish to believe I'll ever reach the top?
It looks impossible from way down here.
With such a long, long way to go.
Pushing through the pain.
Tripping & Stumbling.
But enjoy the scenery.
Make each step mean something.
Realize turning back is also giving up.
Set small, reachable goals, but keep dreaming big.
Don't compete with others climbing the stairway with you.
Learn, grow, and expand your support system--and horizons.
Put one foot in front of the other, passionately, even when it's hard.
Remember, we don't have to see the whole staircase. Keep in mind, we're not alone on this journey. Rest assured, the top is probably nothing like you think it will look like anyway. Besides, there is always another staircase waiting to be conquered. Keep climbing. Blindly. But with faith. Oh, and breathe. Just breathe.
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