We All Need a Cheerleader

On Wednesday I pressed ‘send’ on the full first draft of my book.

It will probably be a different book by the time it hits the shelves, but the idea that I’ve written a whole book feels strange.

It’s been all consuming for the past few weeks; long days and long nights with my eyes glued to my MacBook guzzling coffee as if it were under threat of extinction.

But I’ve loved it.

It’s been amazing to have a few weeks where I’ve written almost full time and been ‘in the zone’. It’s been a luxury – but it’s also been a necessity so I that I could actually meet my deadline!

I’ve made my office space into a place I love being, adorned with rose gold, quotes and pale pinkness which doesn’t necessarily fit in with my husband’s aesthetic for the rest of our home!

Despite this, though, writing is a lonely occupation and I’ve been so grateful that my husband has been on his summer holidays; partly so that someone else can make me lunch(!) but also because having a cheerleader when you feel like you’re writing complete rubbish is invaluable.

Stephen King writes in his memoir/writing guide “On Writing”

“Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot of difference. They don’t have to makes speeches. Just believing is usually enough.”

We all need to be believed in, we need cheerleaders, whether its in our parenting skills, our work, our art and I’m incredibly grateful for the people who are cheering me on.

Writing a book is like running a marathon I think (not that I have ever or will ever run one), I’ve just got to the first rest stop, had a few glorious days off, and in looking back at the last nine months what I see most clearly is my team of cheerleaders who’ve sent tweets and texts, cards and chocolate.

So this week, be someone’s cheerleader, an encourager, because I can’t tell you how much of a difference it makes!

And now I just have to wait for it to come back from my editor – and to pass the time I have to keep writing because I’ve got three talks to do next week!

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