Megan, my protagonist in my manuscript, has this mantra: Hope always ends in disappointment. Her allies try to chip away at this false narrative, but every time they make headway, something happens to derail their progress, and Megan’s distorted belief strengthens. Real life feels like that sometimes, doesn’t it?
I have to admit, there have been more than a few times where I’m afraid to hope. Actually, if I’m being honest, it’s probably most of the time. Being let down is easier to accept when there’s no expectation. Oh, just got email from an agent—it’s probably another rejection…[checks email]…yep, called it!
We numb ourselves from the process to shield our hearts from the pain. But it does more than stop the agony. It can dull and even halt our desire. Our drive. Our very reason for writing. For a period, sometimes it’s necessary to survive. But going through life numb is no way to live. We might take out the sorrow, but we’ve also removed the joy.
In my manuscript, one of Megan’s allies tells her she’s due for a healthy dose of hope. Honestly, I think we all are. Hope is what keeps us from giving up even when the odds are never in our favor. Hope is what fuels our passion. And hope is the source of our dreams. So, allow yourself a healthy dose of hope…it just may be the medicine you need.
‘Til next time!
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