This week’s essay is posted: Breaking Through the Wall
Breaking Through the Wall…
"I have a love-hate relationship with the writing life. I wouldn't wish to have any other kind of life…and on the other hand, I wish it were easier. And it never is. The reward comes sentence by sentence. The reward comes in the unexpected inspiration. The reward comes from creating a character who lives and breathes and is perfectly real. But such effort it takes to attain the reward! I would never have believed it would take such effort."
---Journal of a Novel, December 15, 1997
Elizabeth George—Write Away
"I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done."
To be a writer would appear to be this glorious, magical journey, akin to traipsing through a field of daisies on a spring day. Blowing bubbles, twirling under the clouds and then… inspiration strikes and with a wave of our hands, the novel appears before us like a rainbow in the sky.
Or… we spend hours, days, months, years, pounding away at the keyboard, pounding away at the wall lodged in our thick skull as we struggle in vain to reach that novel tucked deep within our souls.
The writer's life ain't easy. Moving past the proverbial Writer's Block is as much fun as a root canal. And at least that has a time limit!
"We conquer, not in any brilliant fashion, we conquer by continuing." ---George Matheson
When writers hit a wall, the greatest idea in the world won't help. We need more, we need to break through and we're not sure how to do it. This is our personal Dark Night of the Soul. When we need to push onward down that rocky path despite the lack of light.
And how exactly do we do that?