This is a post about starting over – about thinking to yourself, ‘no, that’s not good enough,’ and going on to get it right.
I have many role models in my life for this…lately Andy Murray, the British Tennis Champion. Murray is an extremely good tennis player. He’s been ranked in the top ten male singles players since 2007. He’s made it to the finals of all Grand Slam tournaments and once qualified for every final in the same year. But he hasn’t won a single one. Last year, he got a new coach, Ivan Lendl, and this year he nearly won Wimbledon. In his emotional thank you speech, he told his supportive fans that he is ‘getting closer’.
That’s what you need to be a champion – you need to want it badly. You need to be driven to do the best that you can, to be the very best that you can be.
And that means, when you’re writing something wonderful, you may need to start the whole thing over again.
My manuscript was coming along very well. I was storming ahead on writing it. But the voice wasn’t right. The pace wasn’t right. And even though the story is an amazing, breathtaking tale (I can say this, because I don’t feel like I made it up – I feel it was already there, waiting for me), it wasn’t being told as well as it could be.
And that’s not good enough. I’ve started it again, with a new voice. Because being really good isn’t good enough. Not for Andy Murray, and not for me.
Manuscript: To Hide Her Blazing Heart
Word Count: 1346