I have discovered many bridges in my writing. They come in all shapes and sizes. For such immobile structures, they sure can cause a ruckus in my life. But I have come to realize that it is how I deal with each bridge along the way that helps define the type of person and writer I can become.
This type of bridge is my favorite. Open. Friendly. It invites me to walk across and discover what is on the other side. It offers tranquility to my thoughts and clarity to my writing. All is right in my universe and I open my eyes wide to gather it all in. I like these kind of bridges in my world. They connect me to family, friends, and to my writing audience which constantly reaffirms that I am on the right path.
Sometimes I like this kind of bridge, and sometimes I don't. On cloudy days, this bridge hides things from me. It taunts me with what is hidden just out of my reach and frustrates me with my inability to complete my daily writing task. I never know what is lurking in its shadows and can only rely on my innate ability to keep pushing myself forward until I cross this bridge and can step back into the sunshine.
On sunny days, this bridge brings comfort and shelter from the obstacles that are thrown in my path. Sturdy and unyielding, this bridge allows me to draw on the strength of my writing skills to have a good day at my desk. It doesn't allow me to get distracted by things like email, television, or the phone ringing. I am focussed like my bridge and staying the course.
This is the bridge of my nightmares. A path leading into the unknown where whirlwind thoughts and unrelenting criticism prevents me from reaching my goals. Self-doubts weigh this bridge down and threaten to drag me down with it. I don't come across this bridge too often, but when I do, I remember to look around me and grab on to the hands of other travelers on this road to publication. That way we can form a bond strong enough to pull each of us to the other side!
What type of bridge do YOU come across each day? And more importantly...HOW do you cross it? With shoulders drooped and shuffling step? Or with chest stuck out and a spring in your step? If you are really lucky, you just might run across that bridge and do the victory dance on the other side!
Just watch out for that troll!