There’s a quote on the bulletin board by my desk that says, “There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings.” ~Hodding Carter Jr.
I thought this week how a writer can apply that to his/her life. The ‘roots’ of your writing life must run deep if you’re going to make it in the world of writing. Because there will be some tough winds along the way.
Winds of discouragement. Winds of family or friends who won’t support your writing, who may wonder why you don’t get a ‘real’ job. The hours are long. Rejections come, sometimes falling faster than raindrops.
Put down roots to determine that you won’t quit, that you won’t give up on your writing goals or dreams despite what comes. You’ll make your roots out of determination, hard work, and a thick skin.
The wing’s of a writer’s life? Dreams. Aim for your dreams. Henry Ford said, “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”
No matter what happens, keep your eyes on your dream, whatever they may be. Give yourself wings. Like a new baby bird just learning to fly, you won’t be the most graceful bird in the air. Understand that you might not think you’re any good, but that doesn’t mean you’re not flying.
From talking to many writers, both unpublished and published, I can tell you that writers often doubt their abilities. Even best-selling, award winning writers.
But what they did is they flew anyway, not knowing where that flight would end, only knowing they had to answer the call in their heart and fly.
Soar on the wings of your dreams. Don’t give up.