V is for Valleys


I, and most writers, suffer a form of manic/depressive. When we have a new idea buzzing in our heads, we’re euphroic, positive thinkers, and  have high energy. Be a finalist in a contest, or better yet, a winner, and we’re on cloud 9. Have an agent tell us we’re wonderful and that she wants us as a client, and we’re flying high. Same if we sell a story to a publisher, if we get a great review,  or if we make it to a best sellers’ list. We’ve climbed the highest peak.

The highs are high.

But most writers also have lows. The valleys in their careers. The story that simply won’t pull together, the judging sheet that’s filled with low scores or comments. The valleys are deep and dark when we continually get rejections from agents and publishers, or when a reviewer pans our book.

I’ve certainly had a mixture of peaks and valleys. It’s said we need the valleys, the negatives, to appreciate the positive events, but I could do without those bouts of self-doubt. Yet the more times I’ve passed through those valleys and ended up with positive outcomes, the more I have learned not to give up. Oh, there are days when my husband has had to remind me that if I did it once, I can do it again. Times when my friends have assured me the judge in the contest didn’t know what she was talking about, or the reviewer obviously mixed my book up with another.

Valleys may seem far below the tops of mountains, but things grow in valleys: ideas, determination, technique, and a thick skin.

I’m off to see others on A-to-Z Blogging Challenge

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3 Responses to V is for Valleys

  1. ann bennett says:

    Mental pain is a difficult one to cope with. I was surprised by how hard I took a negative evaluation of a practice piece.

    As a result, I have not opened my writing to judgement in that I know I need room to grow. It is slow because I take care of some family members.

    I had a boss one time that would rip you to shreds. It would take about two weeks to pull your ego from the floor. I don’t know of these types of valleys always produce fruit.

    • Maris Soule says:

      I’m of the opinion that constructive, positive criticism is the best, but sometimes I do need a kick in the ****. I don’t know if the falleys always produce fruit, but when I climb out of one, it’s sure a good feeling.

  2. ann bennett says:

    Sorry about the grammatical flaw in the last paragraph. I should have proofread.