Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to go to France for two weeks as a tour guide. No, I am not French scholar. And Yes, it was a LOT of work to get ready.
This iconic building fascinates me. It was built for the Paris Universal Exposition of 1889. It was meant to stand for 2 years before it would be dismantled. Then they upped its life to 20 years, and finally, with the coming of the radio and its usefulness assured, they decided to keep it.
It’s hard to imagine, from our current frame of reference, that the French would ever have considered taking the Eiffel Tower apart. But back then it was something of an atrocity to many. Modern art at it’s worst, so some people thought.
Now we can look back and breathe a sigh of relief that they revised their plans. Somehow, Paris just wouldn’t be Paris without it.
Writing can be a bit like this. We lay out our plans. We set our goals. We write our books and think that’s the end.
And then the first critiques come back.
We revise our work and sigh with relief that that’s done.
And then the next batch of critiques come back. I’m sure you get the idea.
What’s important to remember though, are the breathtaking results from your efforts.
Oh wait! How’d that get in there? I meant to post these . . .
So when you’re working on that next draft. Just think of the Eiffel Tower and all the future audiences you will wow.
It will be worth it.