Every writer knows that ‘standing on the precipice’ moment, with the wind on your face and an open chasm below you as you stare at the waiting screen or page. It’s a moment of great courage and folly as you whisper to yourself, ‘I’m going to write something.’
All that stands between you and the finished piece is your desire to see it through, a truck load of personal baggage and everything that life can throw at you. But that magical and decisive first step, declaring that you are indeed a writer, is an immensely powerful one which can lead to the creation of something that might never otherwise have been.
In committing to a piece of work or a submission or an edit, we face not only our own internal critic but the imagined ridicule of others if our plan of action doesn’t work out. Or perhaps worse, we follow through on our intentions but it still doesn’t lead to print, publication or public acclaim.
Well, nuts to that! I invite you all, dear readers, to commit to the screen something which you intend to write / edit / submit in the next 8 months. Here’s my list for starters:
1. I’ll complete the high level edit of the first draft of Line of Sight.
2. I’ll write the synopsis and first three chapters of Scars & Stripes – Memoirs of a Failed American.
3. I’ll write four new short stories.
There now, didn’t hurt a bit. Join me in a little literary foolishness – the comments box awaits.