"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." (Charles Dickens A Tale Of Two Cities)
I really believe Mr. Dickens was thinking of writers when he wrote that. Being a writer himself, he knew all the ups and downs of sitting at a desk every day, waiting for inspiration to come. I'm sure he had his fair share of times when he would rather have been anywhere else but staring at a blank piece of paper.
Most days writers can calmly stroll along, confident in our belief that we have a gift within our writing. We sit in front of our computers and the words fly across the screen in our eagerness to tell the world our stories. Nothing can stop us as we create our magical worlds. Our readers line up to hear what comes next in our endless array of creative tales.
But then, when we least expect it, out comes...THE BEAST. Chains can't hold back the occasional self-doubts which might plague a writer. Am I really good enough to do this? Will I ever get my stories published? Will anyone ever read them? Some writers put their thoughts and stories down merely for their own amusement, but most of us seek the validation from others that we have something worthy to say. A legacy of words to pass down to future generations who will hopefully appreciate all the blood, sweat, and tears which went into our work.
I think the next time THE BEAST tries to rear his ugly head, I'm going to invite him to take a trip on that slow boat to somewhere else. I will tell THE BEAST that he's not welcome here. I don't have time to listen to his ranting about how bad a writer he thinks I am, nor will I allow him to shred my current work in progress to pieces. I will simply wish him well on his new adventure and send him packing. Then I won't give him another thought.
You know why? Because I have tales to tell. I will be too busy celebrating the accomplishments of myself and all my writer friends as we journey on this adventure together. Thank you, Mr. Dickens, for the reminder of what we writers have to deal with when we choose to be a writer, but don't you worry...WE GOT THIS!