Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Success is in the Squiggles

Take a look at this picture--another one of my Instagram creations.


The following question was posed in a class I attended the other day: Which line represents success?

So, which one do you think represents success? The straight line or the squiggly one? I suggest it's the squiggly one. Why? Because success comes from a tricky process of trial and error, failure, mistakes, ups and downs, and the list goes on and on. Anyway, what I'm getting at is writing is a process of squiggles--that is what produces success in this industry. 

I've got to be honest. The whole writing thing has been rather difficult lately. I lost my mojo to write there for a while. There was absolutely NO motivation to write in my soul, bones, fingers. Yet, over the last few days, it has been coming back. I want to write. I want to be in the thick of my words again. I have to create! But the fact is that I have to open up Word and type. And I will!

Lately, my journey has been stuck in one of the curves of the squiggles. It has been very hard. But this is just one of the twists is in the process. Embrace the curves. Success is at the end of the rainbow with the pot o' gold glistening a shinny gold. Uh, pardon my cliche usage.

I hope my difficult time can help you get through your squiggly road. That's what we are here for--to support and help each other. Keep going strong!

How has your road to success been? Is it squiggly for you? Have you ever lost the desire to write? How have you overcome it? 

Writing. Jewels. 

26 comments:

  1. Sometimes I feel mine made a squiggly circle.
    I lost the urge for a while. It did come back, so no panic!

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    1. I'm glad I'm not alone in the squiggles.

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  2. I'd say they both represent success. Both of them made it from point A to point B they just went about it different ways. Different people and different projects all have different ways of going about success.

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    1. Good point, indeed. I just wish my writing success would be more of a straight line than all over the place. haha Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I think there should be markers along the way, too, because I celebrate small successes on the way to the big success. I think we have to or we'd go crazy. :)

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    1. True! Good point, girl. I love that all of us bring new POV's to posts. Thanks for the reminder.

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  4. There are many different ways of making it from point A to point B. Some people charge straight through and some need to make a few detours, so both in my opinion are examples of successes. The only failure would be A=====. Which is to say never making it to point B. If I ever get published, my line is going to look like spaghetti hitting the floor. Anyway, glad to see you're getting back into your writing groove. I lost mine a while back and it sucks. But slowly, without forcing anything, the itch to write will come back.


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    1. Yep, I haven't been forcing the desire to come back. In ways I feel like I truly had given up. But the itch has gradually been deepening itself under my skin and I LOVE the feeling. Sigh! Glad you came back to the world of the writing living, too.

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  5. Ohhh man... if you were to map out my journey, it'd be in knots! LOL! It'd be one big dot meshed together... ;)

    But I'm a fan of celebrating the small successes. You HAVE to... otherwise you go crazy! I'm so glad the passion is coming back, Jules... eat it up while it's there--you've got to jump on it when the urge strikes! Get those words out! You are beyond fabulous and we're all rooting for you! <3

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    1. Thanks, Morgs! Yay for small successes!

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  6. Straight lines are boring. :) Success feels sweeter after a struggle, I think. I needed to read this. Right now my squiggles are in the rewrites. I've just started and it seems I have a raft of issues to address, which my CPs have been kind and honest enough to point out. Just hope I get there eventually!

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    1. You'll get there! I'm glad I could help. Remember the small successes too. I'm glad some people have commented about that point. :D

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  7. Hooray for the squiggles! I'm the same way. :D

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  8. I think we all wish success was as easy as the straight line between points, but it's definitely the other one.

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    1. Yep. Sometimes it's easier than other times. Writing, for me, isn't always a straight line. I've gotta work at it really hard. But I'll get there. We'll get there.

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  9. Next time Sexy and I Know It plays, I'm going to sing "squiggle, squiggle, squiggle" (instead of "wiggle"). That's definitely the road to success!

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  10. This is great Julia. I think both lines represent success because they both reach point A to B. However, I agree with you, the road to success is more like the squiggly line for sure!

    I find there are days when I can write great, the words just flow out of me. While other days I struggle for motivation and have to fight for each sentence. It's aggravating. :)

    Thanks for the motivation today!

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    1. Glad I could motivate you. Keep on writing.

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  11. I'm definitely in those squiggles someplace. Great post. Never give up! Nice to meet you on Alex's blog.

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    1. Thanks for the follow! Yay for the squiggles.

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  12. As long as you get there, I see a win-win.

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  13. Don't lose your mojo, Julia. You are a great writer. Do whatever it takes to get that manuscript in our hands!

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    1. I'm never giving up! :D That's all we writers can do!

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