On A-day, I asked the veterans what advice they wanted to share with the new kids.
About 90% of them had versions of the same message:
DON’T GIVE UP!
There’s a very good reason why this is so big in the veterans’ eyes.
They know. They’ve been beyond the point where the new idea’s shininess wears off. They kept going. They’ve been at edges of mile-wide plot holes. They kept going. They’ve had to beg, plead and bribe uncooperative characters to play along. They kept going. Their muses have vanished. For days. They kept going.
They kept going.
Oh it all sounds glorious to you now, doesn’t it? So clean and surgical. But if you were a fly on the wall of a writer’s office, you’ll see it’s not pretty.
Some writers get buzzed on caffeine to deal with the stress. Some become nervous wrecks.
Some (I’m in this group) do this…
Sometimes I do it while screaming like a banshee.
Yeah. Not pretty at all.
But we keep going. At some point, we stop messing around and get back to writing. We go looking for the story’s shine again. We go filling up plot holes. We find some middle way with out characters and they show us where the story should be heading. And we let the muse back in to continue.
Sad. Isn’t it?
Yet, there’s no other way for a writer to live. Without writing — without finishing what we’re writing — we (at least I) feel incomplete.
So we keep going. Because shit. What else are we going to do?
What do you do when bumping into a problem while writing?
New kids. Do you think what I described is normal? Congrats! You might just make it.