When compared to other forms of creativity, writing a novel is probably the hardest thing a person could do. Not only can you waste countless hours, days, and years– only to find out it is ‘terrible’– but you become so personally attached to it that you naturally will attach your ego to the first rejection letters or negative reviews. These fears though can be transformed into a positive thing, ensuring you are only putting out the best you can offer. But if you aren’t careful, you can channel that fear into negativity. This negativity will prevent you from releasing your work altogether or even worse, hold you back from taking the next step on the way to reaching your full potential.
Understanding the difference between fear and patience is vital in the creative process. Patience is knowing that you are still learning and still growing, and knowing that you want your work to be what you imagined it to be. Working toward that goal and being patient with yourself throughout the process is healthy. But knowing when you have done the best you can do, at this point in your life, at this point in your creative journey and letting it fly… that takes real self-love and self-patience. Patience because you know that you are whole as you are, today, flaws and all, and realizing that this is true about your work as well, even if tomorrow you will probably be better. When you begin to love your work like you love yourself and have the same patience with your work, as you do yourself, you realize that it too will be and is completely whole and perfect as it is. Even if your next work might be better.