Writing: An emotional roller coaster
As a young girl I loved roller coasters. Little did I know my passion in life would prove to jettison me to the highest peaks and drop me to the lowest lows—then back up again—with more vigor than any amusement park ride I’d ever experienced.
Writing is an emotional roller coaster. One minute you’re up, the next you’re down.
One minute you know, without a shadow of a doubt, your work is simply brilliant and the next you question whether or not you are worthy to type out your own name.
We receive requests and rejections, good reviews and bad reviews, offers of representation but no publication in sight. All of this may span years or a week—sometimes a day.
If we want to write, we stay the course. We weather the roller coaster, ride out the sensations, and push forward into a new day, a new week, a new month–or simply the next word.
Then it happens.
The highest high.
Or…the lowest low?
Because wait…will my book sell well? Will everyone discover me to be the fraud I already know I am? Do I have another book in me?
Another crest, another dip. Amazing moments, others left wanting.
We don’t do it to feel good, we do it to feel. We do it because we want to create something tangible with the dreams within in us. We write when it’s easy, and we write when every word is hard, hard work, even sometimes, when it hurts.
But in the end, we love the ride. We crave the ride. We OWN the ride.
And there is no getting us off of it.