The pain passes but the beauty remains

I have been in a lot of pain recently. For some reason my neck is giving me trouble.

Today I thought about the artist, who, crippled by arthritis continued to paint the great cathedrals in Europe. When someone asked him why, he responded, “The pain passes, but the beauty remains.”

Writing requires discipline, persistence, all of the elements that go into completing any worthy project. If we persevere, then one day we will see that completed manuscript.

In an art class, a wise instructor told us, An artist is someone who completes his painting. It’s about practicing, but, more importantly, it’s about completing.

I felt the elation of success when for the first time I held in my hands the completed manuscript of my novel. I had persevered to the end. It was the same feeling I’ve had when I’ve climbed to the top of a mountain. I can scarcely believe what I’ve done. I keep being amazed at what can happen if I simply refuse to give up along the way.

Success builds confidence and one success can lead to another success. I now know what goes into the process and I’ve acquired some skills along the way. It may even be easier the second time around.

This blog is about writing

This blog is about writing, in case you didn’t notice. I mean, what could give you a clue? Dewdrops on green leaves, maybe?

This is my main site, and I’m so proud of getting my own name as the domain name. Well, pride isn’t really a factor, because it was merely a matter of availability, but I’m pleased none the less.

This is about writing and finishing my novel, to publication. It is also about finding other things to write about, and places to publish what I write.

I have this sense that I will have to change the appearance of this site in some way, so that it at least gives people a bit of a heads up. I’m taking some time to think about that. Unfortunately I am one of those people who often needs quite a bit of time to think. It’s well worth it if I come up with something. But it can also be a real waste of time.

But, basically, I like the look of this site as it is. And it does say, “My Novel” up top in the “pages” section.

My other blogs are actual writing, about my life, and of course my photography. My home page, as I call this, is currently devoted to writing about writing, the process. So, you can see, there is truly a bit of a focus here.