Rivers

‘A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.’

– James N. Watkins

As a writer and an author-in-progress, I adore this quote. I started writing my first novel years ago, having first read a historical account in a newspaper in 2013. The story mulled itself over and over in my head, then persistence gave way and I decided to read more into it. The characters began to speak to me, both the original storyline and a modern storyline which corresponded. I put my fingers to the keyboard and let the click-clacking begin. I had many stops and starts, I got married, attended Uni, and had a baby but still, I am drawn back to the story, which is in the final throws now. I have completed the modern storyline and have a handful of chapters of the historic storyline to go and then “Hallelujah!” my first draft will be complete.

I already have a second story outlined and a third and fourth gnawing away at me (I’ve collated some notes to try to keep them at bay for now). The hardest part, putting my bum in the seat and just writing without distraction, but I’ll get there. Like the river, I’ll ebb away at that rock and hopefully someday, I’ll make it.

Love and best wishes to all those rivers trying to cut their way through the rock. You’ll get there.


A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence. – James N. Watkins

Originally written in response to:

Much Love.

KL

10 thoughts on “Rivers

  1. Feel free to write those second and third etc stories before you start editing the first. Then if you decide to query you polished first book, having the second and third already lined up will help your chances.Also, writing the others helps you to explore details of your story not addressed in the first, and when you go back to edit, it will inform small details you may want to foreshadow – or just establish.
    Good luck!

  2. That’s wonderful news, if you’re looking for a beta reader I’d be more than happy to help 😊

      1. Please do. I’ve done quite a bit of beta reading for people and I’m always happy to help out

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