Hope is the light that shine through the darkness. Hope is believing the sun will shine through the dark ominous clouds. Hope is knowing that no matter how dark the night is morning will come. Hope is believing that no matter how bad things look right now we will get through it, we will survive.
You many be at home unable to go to work, but do not despair. For those writers who usually work full time, take this opportunity to let those creative juices flow. That novel you couldn’t find the time to finish, do it now. Find the silver lining in the midst of this battle. Keep your mind occupied. It will ease some of the stress. Keep safe. Good luck and happy writing.
This quote from Bernard Malamud describes first drafts perfectly.
First drafts are for learning what your novel is about. Revision is working with that knowledge to enlarge and enhance an idea to re-form it. The first draft of a book is the most uncertain-where you need guts, the ability to accept the imperfect until it is better.Bernard Malamud
It doesn’t matter how bad your first draft is, or how many errors you make. No one will see it but you. When you have that burst of inspiration and the words flow faster than you can type or write them, don’t stop to correct a spelling or a punctuation, just write. Don’t try to make every sentence or ever paragraph perfect. As John Dufresne says, “The purpose of the first draft is not to get it right, but to get it written.“
When writing dialogue, keep it short and meaningful. Do not write long drawn out sentences that are unnecessary. Your dialogue should be consistent with your character’s voice. It should be clear to the reader who the person is speaking to. The words should flow naturally. When in doubt that your dialogue sounds natural, read it out load. Good luck and happy writing.
Maintain a positive attitude even when things are not going your way. Perseverance is often necessary when pursuing your dreams. Avoid dream killers, those who tell you that you can’t, it’s not feasible, it’s not realistic, when they have never even tried it. Never take advice from those who have already given up without trying because they are among the first to shoot your dream down. You may have heard this before and it’s true, the first step towards success is having confidence in yourself. You have to believe in YOU.
The world is big. The world is wide. Made up of many
countries, some with borders on every side.
Some countries are friends. Others are enemies, and there are moments when it seem we are on the brink of war. When nature strikes we come to acknowledge that we are more connected than we realize. The people of the world need to get along. We must help each other. Together we are strong.
Though the sky may seem grey, there is always a silver lining.
No matter how long and winding the path may seem
there is light at the end of the tunnel.