Friday, May 23, 2014

Finding the Write Path

Hey all! I stumbled across this blogfest a while ago and thought it'll be a nice, inspiring activity to take part in. Except, well, here I am on Friday and I'm not quite sure what to say. So instead, I'm going to just start and let the dice fall as they may.

Carrie, you're welcome to use my letter. :-) 

Info: 

Name: Misha Gericke
Writing Blog: http://sylmion.blogspot.com

Right. Now it's time for me to get into the letter... wish me luck!



Hey Kiddo,

I've been grappling with what to put in this letter and.. Honestly I still am.

See, this is a letter to tell you about stuff you could do better, should do better. Things you should jump for and things you should change.

And you'd think there'd be a lot. I mean, you're thirteen and I'm twenty five.

Except there's not.

The book you're writing right now... It's going to get lost when your parents rip out the mother board and insert your grandmother's so she can write. And that's okay. Because you're going to write it again, and lose the rewrite when you're twenty two. And that's also okay because you'll rewrite it again and realize you learned so much that you would have been embarrassed if that book had actually been published.

You're going to write seven false starts before writing the book you'll publish. And your publisher will turn out to be more than a little sociopathic. But that's good, because you'll learn that no amount of validation is worth the pain and fear that comes with the thought that you'll lose the rights to a book you worked on for seven years. To any book, for that matter. And you'll act accordingly.

You will learn that you never finish first drafts to books if you plan them. You'll also learn to cling to writing because that's what keeps you sane. You'll learn to be (even if I say so myself) amazing at writing and editing, and you're going to learn it all by going through all these bad things that happened.

You're going to be strong. And we will succeed. 

And all of this will be thanks to the lessons you learned. So do stupid things. Dare. Find what doesn't work so you can work out what does. Keep striving. Keep going. And yes, do keep getting pissed off at negative people who act like they know about writing when all they've ever written was an e-mail.

Because you are better than what they say. And you knew the day you started writing the thing that I still know now:

You're awesome, and awesome people write awesome books.

Love,

Me.

25 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You certainly learned so much through your bad experience.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Yep, bad experiences teach more than the good ones.

Loni Townsend said...

It's a very inspiring letter. You've faced a lot and overcome, resulting in a stronger, better equipped you!

cleemckenzie said...

My nightmare is I'm going to lose my manuscript after I write, The End. I guess you have that experience. Glad you didn't throw in the towel. Isn't is great to be able to write to yourself? A great letter.

E.J. Wesley said...

" You'll also learn to cling to writing because that's what keeps you sane. "

Can I get an amen?! :) Love reading these Write Path posts!

Michael Di Gesu said...

You have been through so much and those experience make you the strong person and imaginative writer that you are...

Happy to hear you survived that drama and that you're moving on with the power of a locomotive.

Christine Rains said...

Awesome letter to yourself! Writing keeps me sane too. :)

Patsy said...

It's probably a good thing we don't know what's going to happen in the future. Where would we be if we'd never got to make our mistakes?

Traci Kenworth said...

LOVE it!!

Annalisa Crawford said...

You've learned lessons the hard way, but it's good to see you still strong and positive!

Emma Adams said...

This is really inspiring. :)

klahanie said...

Hey Misha,

Of course, no chance of me stumbling upon some blog hop! :)

Misha and through adversity, comes renewed determination. The belief started from within. Inspiring words and I know that inspirational momentum shall beat within your writing heart.

A lovely weekend to you, dear Misha.

Gary :)

Leigh Covington said...

Love this letter! Especially that last little bit! This blogfest is so motivating and inspiring. :)

Carrie Butler said...

Now THAT is dedication! :) Thanks for participating, Misha!

joss said...

This is amazing I love it. I especially love that you tell your younger self not to change anything, because it's all stepping stones towards making it to where you are now. Yay you!!!

Botanist said...

There is a powerful unspoken message through all this - the overriding need to stay positive, whatever!

Denise Covey said...

I like your determination Misha. It shines through. Inspiring.

Michelle Wallace said...

A wonderful and inspiring letter!

Sania Heba said...

A very uplifting letter indeed. Thanks for sharing!

shelly said...

Yes. You are awesome.

Aldrea Alien said...

Eep. Okay, I've rewritten before ... but never from scratch. I think I'd die, or kill someone, if I had to do that.

Stephanie Faris said...

We've all had our bang-ups along the way but somehow we make it! No path to publication is without a few obstacles. Those who get published without those obstacles usually find them after the fact. But surviving the challenges makes us stronger!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Oh my goodness. You've have been tenacious! Lost the whole book twice? Wow. You're a trooper. Great things are meant for those who leap the bigger hurdles (cause it makes a better memoir you see ;)

Cherie Reich said...

I think I would cry if I lost a book twice. You are definitely awesome, Misha!

Nicole said...

What a journey, Misha! Thanks for sharing this.