“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”~ Kurt Vonnegut
I like this quote because it really describes the writing process. I remember when I was just starting out in the business, I used to wish I could talk with someone who knew the way. I wanted a set procedure, a certain degree and “entry level” job that would lead me to writing full time. Looking back, I probably could have taken different paths; some may be worse, others may be better. Yet, in the writing field…at least for novel writing…there is no set path. It is sort of make it up as we go along.
There is an element of this truth in the quote. Most things in life, I feel, is not set on a plan of action. People can achieve their dreams in multiple ways. So, it is a learn-as-we-go world. The point is to jump and develop as we travel. Notice, that may involve falling a little before we soar. And I think that’s okay. It’s all part of the process. The point is that we eventually learn to soar…preferably before we hit the ground. It takes courage to jump, and the journey may be rough, but hopefully it is worth it in the end.