Ever had one of those epiphical type moments? (hey if J.K. can use disapparate, I’m using epiphical and cherubian.)
Anyhoo, I had one of those moments yesterday. I’m working on this piece and I’m pushing myself and going outside my comfort zone see? I had this really stupid idea that it would be fun. POW! Not fun, hard, very very hard. So as I’m struggling along with this story I’m saying to myself ‘hey you don’t need this, you’ve got enough on the go, just drop it and walk away.’ So I did.
I picked up my ereader and began to read Steven Kings ‘On Writing’ from where I’d left off. Here’s where it gets fun, I was at the exact part where he began telling of how he’d starting writing a story about a bunch of young high school girls. He thought it was all crap because it was too hard for him to write, it didn’t flow out of him as it were, after all, what did he know about teenage girls? He tossed it in the garbage and left for work. He comes home to see that his wife has resurrected it from the trash. She says to him ‘this is good, you’ve got something here’ and pushes him to continue with it. It was his novel Carrie. POW!
Needless to say that I’m no Steven King, so my story is likely going to BE crap, but I’m preserving dammit. I hope you all are too.
Tammy’s Tip of The Week
Keep some of your favourite inspirational quotes around you when you write. When you get frustrated take a moment, read them, really read them. Think about why you choose them and what they mean to you. Then take a breath and push on. My laptop now has a post it note with ‘Perservere Dammit!’ on it. What does/would yours say? 🙂