Monday 8 November 2010

WRITING IS A MOUNTAIN OF EFFORT - anyone for mountaineering?

At the sloping start, you race words onto paper and chase  word counts higher. The lower peaks are conquered, when the theoretical events turn into daring acts of selflessness and caring on the page.

Progress up the mountain continues. But with the excitement comes other feelings: exhaustion, repetitive strain and doubt. 

When climbing this mountain, you have to take time to enjoy everything you achieve. Climbing with the word count. Chilling on the plateaus, making friends with individuals who share the same passion. 

But the mountain is a difficult place to be. Once the wip achieves manuscript status, over the ridge lies the harder path: the one to the pinnacle called Published. 

Armed with maps and guides provided by experts and those who have trodden the path before, seek out the the trusty guide and keep battling on up the hill.

I'm climbing.

Keeping focussed. 

Honing my skills. 


How about you?

One unexpected surprise: over on Ali Cross' Blog I won a signed copy of Rick Riordan's Book The Lost Hero :)  Now I just need to find a non-fictional one ;)


  1. Keep on climbing, Elaine. I believe in you.

  2. Great post! It's so encouraging to have someone to climb WITH!

  3. Oh Ivy, thank you so much. That really is encouraging. :)

    Hi Faith
    :) Thanks * blushes
    It is definitely about the buddies that help you climb. It is too great an ask without a little support. :)

  4. Sure thing, Elaine. I just found your blog today and joined, so I'll be back to see how you're doing and what you're writing.

    Until next time ... keep on climbing.

  5. Nice analogy. It's all about keeping the faith, putting one foot in front of the other. And then you stop, and look behind, and are surprised at how far you've come. Keep on going Elaine - you'll get there!

  6. Ivy Nice to see you again, believe me you are always welcome here. :)

    Hi MC - The image is the feeling too. Thanks for your encouragement, it means a lot. Keep climbing. :)

  7. Great analogy. This is exactly how I look at the process too...this gave me inspiration today (and I need it!)

  8. Hi Kelly
    I am glad it gave you a little inspiration. It isn't worth achieving if it isn't hard to do :)