When a writer sits down and faces the blank page, lots of thoughts go through our minds. Who are the characters? What’s the story about? Where does everything happen? When, as in past, present, or future and also when in the story do certain things happen, does the story take place? Why are you telling the story and why do the things happen? And finally, how are you going to tellit? It’s a terrifying responsibility, that blank page. When this little missive from the Universe popped up in my in-box, I knew exactly what that mountain looks like.
Oh, shoot, Silver! I don’t think I ever told you that whilst in the pursuit of a grand and wonderful dream, should you all of a sudden round a bend and see before you an enormous uncharted mountain with towering cliffs, jagged rocks, and seemingly impenetrable walls, just consider it a sign that your dream is considerably more worthwhile than you had previously imagined, and that you are exactly where you should be.
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Silver, is that what you call a run-on sentence? At least I used “whilst.”
The blank page–and the first sentence–are as big a mountain as crafting the final line and writing THE END. Along the way, there are all sorts of twists and turns and surprises, including mountains, that make a writer begin to wonder if they’ll ever get to that last page. My current WIP has been like traversing Mount Everest. That said, I’m finally within sight of the summit. I’m within 8K words of my projected word count. Working diligently today and tomorrow, I plan on reaching the top of this darn mountain, planting my flag and getting it in good enough shape to send to my editor, deadline met. More or less. That’s my plan and I’m sticking to it.
What about y’all? What mountains are looming in front of you? Or have you conquered them?
Shhhhh… if I think of what lies ahead as a mountain, I want to lay down and take a nap It’s ten feet ahead and then ten feet ahead and then ten feet… you get the gist. One foot in front of the other. Eating the elephant one bite at a time. ;o)
Yup. Be sure to swallow and chew. 😉 And ten feet at a time is good, steady progress!