MY WRITER’S JOURNAL – Sept. 29/17 – Writing Badly
It’s been a while since I actually did some writing on my novel. When this happens, I find it very hard to get back into it. I have all this information in my head and I can’t seem to sort it out. Where is my entering in point? Can I just dive in? Shouldn’t I do some more research? Maybe I should go and do the groceries. See what’s happening here. It’s all about procrastination. It’s what we writers do best. I really do want to dive back into my book — to write, even if it’s trash that I have to throw out later. If I don’t write, I’m miserable. But if I do write, it might be bad. It’s a no win situation that I have to change. So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to dive into a scene that I was working on before I got waylaid by other writing responsibilities. I’m going to give myself permission to do it badly for one hour, then I’m going to do some research. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Well, I did it. I spent the last two hours. Not one, but two hours actually adding words to my new novel. I have to admit, I was a little nervous. But I started with some back reading to get a sense of voice and rhythm of the story. When it came time to put down some new words I got a bit wrapped up in details of the time period. But then I reminded myself to just imagine what things were like for now. No-one can ever really know everything that transpired at specific events in 1916. As long as I get the important facts right, it will be all right.
I gotta say, it feels pretty darn good to have broken the barrier back into the book. And I have you to thank for that. Knowing that you were awaiting results, pushed me to get it done. Now I know I can do it again. Nike — Just do it.