“To have a great idea, have a lot of them.” ~Thomas A. Edison
I was going through some quotes by Mr. Thomas A. Edison when I came across the one and thought of you, my fellow creatives. I thought about how down in our spirits we as aspiring authors and artist can get over our novels and creations when they seem to not be going the way we’d hoped and imagined, and for that reason, I wanted to encourage you.
Let’s face it, as beautiful and exhilarating it is to write a book from start to finish–or to create any form of art–it is still a lot of hard work.
We as the creators often see how grand it is in its fledgling form because we see more than our words initially show in the first round of writing.
To see this way is great but we have to keep the truth in mind that our readers can’t see everything we see within our first expressions of our ideas.
They need a bit more showing and telling to gain the excitement we have about the piece and that doesn’t usually come with our first drafts or even with the first novel we set out to write.
Some people say not to be married to your first draft. Well, I would say not to make a deep commitment until draft 2 and not to get married until maybe draft 4 or 5.
Each draft is its own idea. Some are better than others. Some will take our novels and spin them into completely different concepts than we first began with.
But what began as a clutter of thoughts and ideas ends with something spectacular if we stick to it.
The key is to never give up, to remember that practice does indeed make perfect or it gets us pretty close to perfect. So keep sticking to your craft and your drafts and know that eventually, once polished enough, your gift will make room for you (Proverbs 18:16).
It is a joy to write, it is a privilege to be creative, but it is also hard work. We have to commit to the truth and adage that “for every ounce of gold we are going to have to move a ton of dirt.”
Like farming, you are going to sow a lot of seeds, some are going to produce great harvests while others are going to fall by the wayside. Still, farming is a good idea if you want to eat, right?
It’s the same way pressing through the dark patches of your craft is a good idea. Eventually, the light will come and you will enjoy the fruits of your labor.
What your stories are meant to be, what your art is meant to be, they will become…in time…if you don’t give up.
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~Thomas A. Edison