The other day I was driving my parents to the airport when suddenly there was a down pour - a complete deluge. The kind of storm where the rain is splashing so hard the wind shield wipers can't keep up and the traffic slows to a virtual stand still. Or as my mother in law would say "A total gully-washer".
I absolutely hate driving in these kind of storms. I get so tense; straightening my posture as if pulling myself closer to the steering wheel will somehow make me see better. But I can't. No one can. Until the rain lessens.
This reminded me of a fabulous quote by E.L. Doctorow:
“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”
Isn't that such a great quote? It's seems particularly relavent because I just got an enormous amount of revision notes on my book two from my agent. Like enormous. And I was feeling totally overwhelmed. Stuck in the downpour with no visibility. But I have to remember if I keep my eyes focused, stop looking for the finish line and just look to finish a little each day, I can make the trip. I've done it before.
And wouldn't you know it, later that day, after the rain cleared, there was a rainbow. Big and bright and beautiful.