Double Edged Sword of Writing
Writers live in a world of double edged swords. We know our characters almost as well as we know ourselves, yet they often do and say things that come so far out of left field we wonder if we ever really knew them at all.
The perfectly polished chapter is one of our biggest accomplishments and our biggest stumbling block. Praise and encouragement raises us so high, we’re thrilled at first, and then terrified we’ve peaked second. We paralyze ourselves with imaginary fears of inferiority. Our writing is so personal, from somewhere so deep inside of us that we struggle to share it with others, but find it impossible to keep private. And so it goes…
I’ve witnessed writer’s personal struggles with their writing. Writers with first chapters so polished they’re afraid to move forward, unsure of their direction. Writers with fears so real, so tangible, it cripples their creativity and desire to write.
So what’s the answer? You have to write! It doesn’t matter if you take your hero, a handsome, well respected doctor and write him riding a unicycle through New York City in a clown suit with three tootsie pops in his mouth. Maybe he has a small Yorkie under his arm too. A Yorkie snarling and eating his costume even better!
It doesn’t matter if it needs heavy editing. You edited the polished chapters you now possess and you’ll edit the ones you write in the future. The good news is; if you did it once, you can do it again.
It doesn’t matter if it’s ridiculous as long as it’s written. Chances are if you throw ten different scenarios at your character, some will be ridiculous, others will be plausible, and maybe, just maybe, one will be ridiculously brilliant.