All is quiet and still. Outside, the cool wintry air rattles the windows gently, stirring you from your thoughts. It's been hours since the world around you went to bed. In the deep of the night, there is silence throughout your house. All doors shut, all lights turned down. Even the moon outside is muted, staring sullenly and sleepily at you. Only your face is illuminated, like the ghastly glow of an apparition in a horror movie. The screen glares, etching blue light into your eyeballs. Your eyes sting from fatigue and exhaustion. The bed calls. Yet, you must not give up.
There is more to write.
It is the call of duty.
Writers weave magic in the deep of the night.
Yes, sometimes it is only at nighttime -- when all is silenced -- that inspiration hits us.
Our only companions: the coffee, the moon and the keyboard.
This is something I've experienced a lot in the past two months! I've decided on a goal of writing at least 6-10 (cell phone novel) chapters a day till I finished book one of my novel project. Within two months I finished 60k words, totaling nearly 90k words for my first completed novel. Surely, that is something I can brag about. Despite my satisfaction at my accomplishment, I have only now come to realize how much hard work is involved in being a writer.
The life of a writer or any artist is a gruelling one. Many of us experience working late into the night. Whether it's because inspiration hits us late or because there is a lot to write. Sometimes things happen during the day and our daily writing goals aren't completed.
In the past two months, I've discovered I've grown up a lot. I used to be the laziest, most distracted person ever. But now I realized I CAN hold to goals and I've never worked so hard before. I still continue to battle onwards as I go through editing, which proves to be the most difficult part of writing. And I continue to work hard on my other music or art projects relating to the novel.
The creative process is a very difficult one. Persevering late into the night to keep to a goal is very difficult. Exhaustion sometimes completely overwhelms me. But I keep rereading and rewriting until I am satisfied, until I can output the word count I promised myself. Even when there is no inspiration, even if I don't want to write, I force myself to keep going. I've got something to finish!
When I take a break and become lax, I tend to start a bad habit and the break ends up longer than I expected. Soon, weeks pass and I realize I have done nothing.
Its better to keep going. To realize that no matter how difficult, its better to fight the good fight, to stick with my goals, and to focus on victory no matter what it takes. This kind of fighting spirit is something writing has taught me and I will carry this attitude through the rest of my life.
Don't give up. Fight on. Victory is yours.
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