As writers, we struggle at times to get words on a page, ideas formulated, and plots created. We labor through a crummy first draft, along the way, sporadically wondering why we are writing the particular stories we are trying to write at that time.
Sometimes we feel alone, like we’re the only ones with brain melt from the overwhelming mental effort it takes to create storylines, plots, characters, and scenes.
In between those struggles, we read books we truly adore, finding them superbly written, taking us out of our worlds and into the characters’ worlds.
We thank the magnificent authors for spurring ideas for our own stories and helping us to write our next few paragraphs, or even chapters.
A few days ago, I came across an inspirational quote via a meme circulating on Twitter that really did uplift me and made me feel like all my work was worth it. And it made me realize all these wonderfully written books by these awesome writers were once where I was before they were known and their books soared in the published and reading realm.
“Never forget that every single one of your favorite books
were once awful, error-filled, unpolished first drafts.” — Unknown
Now, go finish that first draft, those revisions, and know your book(s) is/are just as spectacular as the ones you read.