Today we welcome guest Buccaneer McCall Hoyle. McCall is a young adult author whose debut novel THE THING WITH FEATHERS will be published in September 2017 from Blink/Harper Collins.
Paving the Road to Success—One Word at a Time
We’ve all heard this pearl of wisdom. Writing isn’t a sprint. It’s a marathon. The truth is, sometimes it feels much longer than a 26.2-mile endurance run. Sometimes it feels like a barefooted-uphill-battle in the jungle.
But there’s light at the end of the race and at the top of the hill. The good news is that each of us can finish what we start, whether it’s a physical challenge or a writing challenge, if we just keep putting one foot—one word—in front of the other. Some of us may start strong out of the gate, writing thousands of words in one sitting. Some of us might experience a runner’s high when we hit the 13.1-mile midpoint and fall in love with our heroine. A few of us will even sprint to the finish, arms up, smiling for the cameras and writing the closing-scene-to-end-all-closing-scenes.
But when our calves scream and the words don’t come, we must remember to run our own races and more importantly to support each other along the way. Don’t be sucked into the muddy quagmire of competition. There is no competition in the creative or the spiritual realm. In fact, it’s been my personal experience that when I help other writers, the universe repays me forty-fold, and this is usually when I learn the most as well.
Run your own race, my friend. Forget competition. Celebrate every mile marker along the way, no matter how quickly or slowly you reach it. If you’re lucky, you might learn to catch your breath and enjoy the water breaks at the end of each chapter. If you’re really good, you’ll learn to savor the bananas and bagels at the finish and to celebrate your peers.
So fire up that laptop and let me hear those words hitting the page, like a fresh pair of running shoes on the road to success.
On your mark.
About the Author:
McCall Hoyle writes honest YA novels about friendship, first love, and girls finding the strength to overcome great challenges. Her debut novel, THE THING WITH FEATHERS, releases September 2017 from Blink/HarperCollins. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s spending time with her family and their odd assortment of pets—a food-obsessed beagle, a grumpy rescue cat, and a three-and-a-half-legged kitten. She has an English degree from Columbia College and a master’s degree from Georgia State University. She lives in a cottage in the woods in North Georgia where she reads and writes every day.