Sometimes things don’t go to plan. Or, should that be many a-time things don’t go to plan.
So, what do we do when we’re knocked out LBW? Do we never get up to bat again?
Of course not.
Winston Churchill said that “failure is not fatal.” It only becomes fatal when we give up trying. As most writers will know when inspiration isn’t leading you by the hand or plots aren’t twisting quite the way you want them to, it can be difficult to keep on going. But as Churchill continued, “It is the courage to continue that counts.”
You may need a Plan B, even a Plan Z or beyond, but as long as you have the courage to pick up that pen, tap that keyboard, then you will never fail. The easy option is to give up trying. But if everything in life was easy then nothing great would ever have been achieved.
Recently, I felt the need to take a step back after the promise of a dream coming true failed to manifest itself into reality. As utterly heart-breaking as that was, once the dust had settled and I could see clearly again, I began to realise that it happened for a reason. I am not sure what the reason is yet, but I assume that reason will present itself to me at the exact moment it is meant to, and not before. I thought that moment had arrived, but it was nothing more than a whisper on the wind. As hard as it was to accept, accept I must and move on.
So I am tapping the keyboard and picking up the pen. Because that’s what writers do.