Jack Slyde blogged on persistence a few weeks back, and his post got me thinking about what may be a writer’s greatest challenge. We are, for the most part, alone in our writerly space with our thoughts, generally without knowing for certain whether we’re writing something fabulous or something that would be a suitable companion for a litter-box nugget. We’re a bit like mazing mice, scrambling to find The End because there might be a treat for us there (as in publication).
Unlike the mouse’s maze, however, the path to publication is a long one. We are also well aware that we’ve chosen to take the writer’s journey and we can stop anytime we want to. Many writers quit long before the work is finished–most do, in fact. Borrowing from the world of behaviorism, we know that–like mice–we may get through the task more quickly (or at least more happily) with treats along the way.
What then are mouse treats for writers, and when should we get them? [Read more…]