Process of Writing: Reminders

You know that moment when you tell someone about your problems, or ask for advice and they tell you something you already know, but aren’t doing? That’s pretty much how I felt as I shared some of my difficulties in writing Marianna with a friend as we hiked around lake Shasta.

I may have mentioned that I’ve been working on this particular project since I was 12–over a decade ago. I may have given myself some slack because I had no clue how to write and virtually no support in the endeavor. I was told to finish school first. (Not knocking the suggestion, just saying =) So in addition to the frequent periods of writers block there was a time when I just quit. I didn’t write anything, for about a year. I think with all the accumulated stops I’ve probably not written for at least 3 out of the 12 years.

Anyway, I’m an adult now and there’s no excuse. So you’re probably wondering what did my friend tell me? Well basically he said “Don’t try to make it to perfect. Just write like crazy.” I tend to be a perfectionist and just tweak everything endlessly and then the project must be ripped out of my hands either by circumstances or someone saying “You know that’s good enough!” lol

So I knew I needed to move on and just write ideas that came to mind; after all, I can easily throw them out if they don’t work. The digital age means that I waste less and less paper during the writing process. Though if it gets you to the finish, is it ever a waste? So this week, and in the weeks to follow, I’m determined to go crazy with it. I will write like a maniac! Because I want this done! I have gained a lot of experience over the years, and though I have more experience to gain I can still use what I know to make something epic!!! At least I hope it will be epic. And even if it isn’t, it will be the starting point for something bigger. Life usually works that way.

-J

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