My tag-line for this blog is, “This is my writing journey.”
Because maybe someday someone (perhaps only myself) might find this interesting, I’m going to not only throw out great tips and the lessons I learn, I’m also going to comment on me, myself, and sometimes, I.
Yesterday I was depressed. I don’t mean just feeling blue, I’m talking about staring blankly at the screen, no energy, questioning my existence, depressed. It sucked. What irritated me most about it was that I had no idea why I should feel that way. I used to have many of those days. Since giving my life some serious evaluation, seeking a little professional help and getting off my butt and actually working to make my writing dream come true, I’ve felt much better. So why all of a sudden? I came up with two answers. One was no big surprise. The other gave me some serious food for thought.
The easy answer was the weather. April surprised us all with its warmth and sunshine. While May got off to a good start, yesterday was a horrible day. Though it wasn’t as cold as winter, it was that kind of damp chill that creeps under your skin. Add the grey sky and you have a very dreary day.
The interesting answer had to do with my writing and my online persona.
I haven’t touched The Veil in over a week. The word count sits stagnant at the right side of my website, begging to be increased. I put it there to guilt me into action. The guilt is there, not so much the action. I also hadn’t blogged in four days. While I’ve been present on Twitter, my posts have provided little in the way of substance. In short, I felt like a poser, a fake.
I’ve had numerous story ideas in the past. The more I thought about them, the more themes and ideas I threw at them. They buckled under the weight until they finally cracked beyond repair. By comparison, the more thought I give to The Veil, the more it asks for. The deeper I delve, the more layers it reveals. It’s liberating and scary as hell. I’ve allowed myself to be frightened to a standstill. I need to get over it.
I’ve made no attempt to hide the fact I am a chaotic writer. I don’t plot ahead, I don’t plan for specific times of day to write, I don’t have any kind of regular regiment. This is turning into a considerable weakness.
I work shifts. Between my job, my kids, trying to be a good husband, and just finding time to breathe, it’s impossible to pick a time of day in which to write. There’s no time that will work everyday. So I’m thinking what I need to do is look at my schedule for the week and decide on a day to day basis when I’m going to write. Whether it be a blog entry or The Veil, I need to get my fingers moving on the keyboard. I feel more alive when I see words forming on the screen in front of me. There’s an energy in creating something that never existed before. Even if my first draft is crap. Even if I end up rewriting eighty-percent of it, there is still energy and power in its mere existence. Within the dirt is a gem worth harvesting.
Now the question is, will I walk the walk, or is this just a whole lotta talk?