Hurdles: The Ultimate Writing Metaphor

This week’s post is going to be a little different. First, I must admit that I’ve been neglecting The School of Arts because I managed to get over the hurdle that has been challenging me for so long in Chasing Evelynn:

50,000 WORDS!

I just recently broke 50k in the project that I would consider my main focus, Chasing Evelynn, and since then I haven’t looked back.  There’s something so remarkably satisfying about reaching a goal like this one that I found the inspiration I needed to push forward and accomplish a great deal more.  As I’ve discussed before, as a writer there were (and still are) times when everything I wrote seemed to be garbage and that was if I managed to write anything at all.

So, the question I usually find myself asking is “how do I overcome these obstacles in the first place?”  Well, the truth is, there’s nothing I can do but muster my way through them.  There are always going to be times when I feel like I need to find a new hobby (or as I keep telling myself, potential career), but I can’t let the troubles I face stop me from doing what I love.

In these cases, all I do is write through it.  I don’t care how atrocious any of it sounds because I know if I do, I won't get anything done.  All I care about is getting my ideas on the paper, otherwise they’re apt to be lost to the cosmos that is my mind.  It has taken practice, but I’ve learned to worry less about sentence level issues while I’m writing and focus more on simply getting my thoughts onto the page.  I write what is on my mind, not what I believe others will sound good.  That’s why revision exists, because the first time someone writes something it will never be perfect.  There’s no way around it.

Until next time,

~A Fellow Writer