A writer’s life is akin to taking a journey.
Guaranteed, the journey is going to be a long and winding road.
It is sometimes an arduous trek.
As we are writing, we learn, we mature, and we transform—sometimes at a feverish pace. This can be an extremely painful process as we are pushing hard to attain the goals we have set for ourselves and our writing. I believe, as writers, we learn more about who we really are, than through any other path. Writing can be very therapeutic and cathartic if a person has lived through very traumatic life situations. Personally, I find that as I write, I can work through serious life questions I am seeking and be rewarded with answers that I would not otherwise find.
The other night, I dreamt about mountains.
These were no ordinary mountains.
They were vivid blue and white with peaks so tall, pointy, and sheer that no one could even attempt to scale them. They resembled some of those magnificent cathedrals in Europe with spires that go on and on forever. I awoke, amazed at the picture still vivid in my memory and the analogy that came to my mind:
“Everything in life is a lesson.”
Our writing goals are our mountains.
The peaks are what we aspire to reach.
Of course, before we reach the peaks, we must all start at the bottom.
All of us must.
You, me, and everyone in the entire world since the beginning of time, who have already attained what they aspired to.
We stand on the prairie at the bottom, at the foot of the mountain, craning our neck, shielding our eyes from the sun, and squint as we try to make out the peaks hidden in the clouds.
They seem so far away, don’t they?
Almost unattainable and unreachable.
Especially when those peaks cannot be seen by human eyes.
We wonder, can we really do this?
Ah, but that is where the faith part comes in. Faith in our abilities, our writing, our stubbornness, and our persistence to push through at all odds. We must have faith that if God has given us this desire, this unquenching fire of a desire in our bellies to write and write and not stop, then we must have faith that the lessons He is trying to teach us, are in the process of the writing.
We slowly begin to climb our mountain, taking tiny, tentative steps.
As we scale the face, struggling to reach the top, each step is a lesson learned.
When we strain and grunt and groan on our way up, we keep on learning, stretching and growing. It’s difficult at times, but not impossible. Sometimes, we pause to wipe the sweat off our brow and may feel like quitting. Once we finally reach the peak of that mountain, we breathe a sigh of relief that we are home free—the lesson has been learned–but they are far from over.
Again, “Everything is a lesson.”
In a writer’s life there will be many more lessons to learn and more mountains to climb.
Hold your writing close to your breast, breathe a prayer of thanks for the gift that you have been blessed with, and open wide your eyes to the lessons you have been taught…
and to the lessons still waiting to be learned.
Leave a comment and let me know what kinds of lessons you have learned on your writer’s journey! I love to hear from other writers.
Penelope Silvers is founder of PhilosBooks.com,
where “Independent Authors are introduced to the World!”
She is a freelance writer, publisher, and radio host of
Penelope’s Book Chat on Blog Talk Radio.