Pushing Past the Difficulties of Writing
by Megan O’Russell
I love the mountains. I know dizzying heights may not be for everyone, but they are for me. Looking up into the sky and seeing something that’s thousands of feet above you, protecting you and daunting you all at once. Mountains create valleys and challenges. They keep the storm from coming and hold the thunder over your head when it arrives.
As an author, I’ve been on the brink of tossing my laptop from a mountain peak a hundred times. No more hours of writing, forget the pain of editing, just toss the computer and watch it smash. I’d never have to worry about preserving the integrity of a character’s storyline or a new promo event ever again.
But it’s the climb to the top of the mountain that saves you and your stories from destruction. Your legs are aching and your lungs are on fire. You think the peak is just over the next ridge, but you reach the ridge only to find the summit is still hours away.
But you keep climbing, because the top is where you promised you’d be. And that next ridge isn’t nearly as long as the last one you crossed. You put one foot in front of the other because you’ve come too far to give up now.
And then, close to tears and more exhausted than you had ever thought possible, you reach the peak. You look down at the valleys all around. At how tiny the trees look from way up in the sky, and you realize that it wasn’t that bad at all. That every gasping breath and shot of pain was worth it. Because you made it to the top. And every step you came was one step farther than the person who gave up.
You take a deep breath and decide not to toss your precious laptop filled with the stories you created and the characters you’ve molded over the edge to watch it smash to a hundred pieces a thousand feet below. Because you’ve realized the climb was worth it. Seeing the view from the summit was worth every step it took to get there.
You didn’t give up because the mountain wouldn’t let you. And you won’t give up your stories because the writing won’t let you.
I love mountains. The struggle brings sanity. And from the top every problem looks so small.
Find a mountain, my loves. Even if the mountain is flat ground or a rushing river. Find something tangible to challenge you. Meet the challenge. Conquer it. And suddenly finding a way to exist in the imaginary won’t seem so impossible.
About the Author:
Megan’s published works include Young Adult fantasy series The Tethering books one and two of which are currently available with book three out in spring 2016. Megan’s Christmas novella Nuttycracker Sweet will be release by Fiery SeasPublishing this holiday season. Megan is also a featured author in the Athena’s Daughters 2 anthology of women in speculative fiction.
Megan is a professional performer who travels the country living out a thousand lives on stage. Her wonderful husband and frequent dance partner is always by her side.
For more information on Megan’s books, you can visit her website at meganorussell.com
The Tethering (The Tethering #1)
All sixteen-year-old Jacob Evans wants is to win the heart of Emilia Gray, but with order in the magical world crumbling, war threatening, and Emilia’s boyfriend living across the hall, he may never have the chance.
Jacob Evans loses everything he has ever known and is tossed into a world of magic. The Dragons, a group of rebel wizards, are threatening to expose the existence of magic to humans. Jacob is determined to find a way to fit into Emilia’s family, but as his powers grow, so does the danger. With the death toll mounting, Jacob is accused of acts of rebel terrorism and must fight to stay in a world he’s only just beginning to discover.
When Emilia’s life is threatened, Jacob must risk everything to save her. Does he have the power to rescue her in time? And what could their survival cost?
The Siren’s Realm (The Tethering #2)
Jacob loves Emilia Gray, but things aren’t always that simple in the world of Magickind…
The war has begun.
The Dragons are gaining power, and the Gray Clan stands alone. Desperate to find a way to stop the Pendragon, Emilia is forced to seek answers from someone who hasn’t been seen in seventeen years . . . Her mother. Embarking on a magical journey filled with witches, wizards, centaurs and a dangerous and powerful Siren, Jacob and Emilia must take a leap of faith to a land neither could have ever imagined . . . and hope they can then find their way home.
A huge thank you to Megan for being an amazing writer and person! Even through my disorganization, she was kind enough to write two guest posts for this blog. As a “thank you” to her for her time and generosity, her other post will be up on December 31st! I’m so excited to present this one to you all as well! =)
As always, THANK YOU to every author who has contributed, and will contribute to this feature. Your advice is priceless and your time is appreciated.