I just finished reading an awesome book. And it makes me want to write. So bad.
I haven't had this urge to write since finishing Doorways, really. And I love this feeling.
Even if it feels a lot like I'm going nuts.
My mind's whirring thoughts past so fast, I can't even really see them. I just know they're there. Hopefully, once I start writing, they'll pin down and I can write.
Right now is sort of inconvenient, though, since I'm still smack in the middle of edits. But you know what? I've been thinking.
While I wrote my previous post, I kept thinking of this once scene in the movie Center Stage. Now, I suspect that the ballet movie probably won't fall in everyone's tastes, but bear with me.
See in that movie is a scene that stayed with me ever since I saw it.
Basically, one of the main characters wants to be a Prima Ballerina, but feels like no one's giving her the chance she deserves. One evening, one of the teachers catches her practicing and gives her advice.
It's a bit of a long time since I watched the scene, but the gist is this:
No matter what, go back to the practice bar. If something goes well, go back. If someone upsets you. Go back. If you lose out at an audition, go back. Never give up. One day, your dedication will pay off.
That's the same for us writers. No matter what, we have to go back to writing. If someone gets an agent and you don't, write. If you're stuck on sub, write. If you feel like no one will see the talent you know you're gifted with, write. If you feel like you're not getting anywhere. If you missed out on yet another contest. If you missed a requested for partials by this much. If you're terrified of how your book will be received on the eve of publication.
That dedication will pay off in some form.
And you know what? While I don't have a looming deadline on edits waiting, I'm going to follow my own advice. Who's with me?
Yay dedication! Yay Ballet movies! Whichever you decide this post is about I'm glad you put out something so encouraging. Last week I wrote a new chapter on a W.I.P. I had put aside for a while and it made me feel pumped to write more of the ones I'm actually supposed to be writing.ReplyDelete
Fall off the horse, get back on.ReplyDelete
Right now my horse is in the barn taking a snooze.
Love this post! I think I'm going to go off and follow your advice ;) Good luck!ReplyDelete
Great advice and it's always neat seeing someone get that spark of inspiration, regardless of the source :)ReplyDelete
Come take my kids to your house for the week, and I will. LOLReplyDelete
Kidding. Great post. :)
Loved your "go back to the practice bar" metaphor. Really right (write) on!ReplyDelete
I love that movie and I love the scene you're talking about here. Perfect metaphor for writing. And life.ReplyDelete
I'm with you, Misha. Write, write, write.ReplyDelete
Have some chocolate while we all write.ReplyDelete
Do what works for you!ReplyDelete
You can never go wrong with writing. ;)ReplyDelete
*Shoots hand up in the air* Totally with you on this. Haven't written of recent and have noticed I feel hollow. This blog post was quite apt!ReplyDelete
Hell yes! I find I get horribly depressed if I don't write. Even when I'm up to my elbows in edits, I need to have something new underway to feel truly happy.ReplyDelete
My sister loves that movie, by the way. :-)
I hear you, loud and clear!! *grabs pen and paper*ReplyDelete
Off I go---
Writer In Transit
I get so "itchy" when I don't write anything for so long. :)ReplyDelete
Well said. Writing is our foundation, after all. We can't be great writers without it!ReplyDelete
My favorite quote "Writing is the best part." And, I love that movie. haha.ReplyDelete
That is wonderful advice. The time will pass anyway, so you might as well use that time to keep on pursuing your goals!ReplyDelete
Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines
Very good advice here. Congratulations on "Doorways" and best of luck.ReplyDelete