With NaNoWriMo upon us once more, it seemed fitting to say something about perseverance. It’s a quality that every writer needs sooner or later. It divides those that write with those who wish they wrote.
There have been a number of times when I could have stopped writing, even for a day, and no one would have thought less of me. When my dad passed away, I could have stopped to regain my sense of direction and sort out my life, but I didn’t. When a friend I had strong feelings for shut me out because of how I felt, I could have stopped writing, especially since I was writing difficult material.
Clearly, I didn’t stop. It wasn’t always that I felt I had to keep going or that I wanted to keep writing. To be a writer, one has to commit to writing, no matter the weather, the time, or even how sick you might feel.
The secret to perseverance is for a writer to take everything they feel about the moments that would keep them from writing and to turn those experiences into fuel for their creativity. It doesn’t just create a catharsis for the writer, it makes the characters seem more real since their emotions are genuine.