Many moons ago, during a work performance appraisal, a former manager of mine referred to me as a “pit bull with a bone.”
Of course, my first reaction was one of disbelief. And then I wanted to punch her. 🙂 Good thing she explained rather quickly why she made such a reference, because I probably would have been out of a job.
She described me as a person who never gave up. She went on to say that when I had a project to do, I’d take the assignment and run with it. And no matter what, I refused to let it go until it was completed.
I thought about her comment and although I was still relatively pissed, I took what she had to say as a compliment.
And then I took what she had to say as fact. And then the truth.
I don’t like leaving things undone, especially my writing.
It’s been a little over a year, since I’ve looked at my WIP. Except for my critiquing group, I did nothing remotely literary, including reading. And that pained me. But life became overwhelming and my writing took a back seat. Dare I mention my previous surroundings (home/office) weren’t conducive to writing or reading?
However, I’m happy to say that that sorry book is closed and for the first time in many months, I’m grabbing on to that bone and not letting go. I’ve been able to REALLY look at my WIP with interest. It’s fantastic to be able focus on a manuscript I started years ago.
I even managed to finish a book by one of my favorite authors, Maya Banks. It felt so good to read again!
I’ve said it before; no man (or writer) is not an island. As writers, we need feedback, encouragement and collaboration, which is why I’m so thankful for my critiquing group—three fabulous writers, Leigh Raffaele, Beth-Ann Gutsick Kerber and Kathleen Pacheco. They allowed me to vent when necessary and the time to get over a major hurdle.
I’m also thankful for my critiquing partner, writer Jaye Gavin Allan, for checking in on me every once and awhile to make sure I was still breathing!
Writing is my best friend and I couldn’t go another day without it. To do what we love doing, requires a place that is conducive to writing and one that nurtures to our creativity.
This pit bull is lucky to have found it again because I refuse to fail.
As an artist, how do you get back/stay on track?