Monday, August 13, 2007
It isn't where you begin, but where you end that matters.
I saw this little tidbit posted on a church sign this past week. This is the Bible Belt, so there are churches everywhere. This particular one I have to pass every morning to take Drama Queen to school, and every afternoon to pick her up.
This saying encouraged me immediately. I've been struggling with my current wip, which isn't cooperating as neatly as I'd hoped. Instead of revealing itself in a neat and chronological manner, I write, only to hit a wall. Then I have to go back and figure out what I missed. It hasn't been pretty, and certainly not easy.
But I will get there. Where is there? A completed manuscript ready to submit to publishers. I may be struggling a little at the moment, but what matters is that I persevere to the end (and slow down to listen to my story a bit more).
I just want to offer this same bit of encouragement to all of you out there today. It may be fast, maybe slow. You may be struggling where once you whipped pages out without blinking. You may be a plotter, a panster, or some mixture of both. But the destination is what matters.