I was thinking again...this time on my way to the post office after work.
I was thinking about how easily it is to be intimidated by the writing process. I mean, fifty to one hundred thousand words? That alone can cause a panic attack.
We read brilliant books.
The plots are fresh.
The characters are real and lovable.
They suck us in and refuse to let us go until the ride is over.
They move us to tears, make us laugh out loud, growl and grumble.
They change us.
They stay with us.
If attempting to write something that will accomplish all of that isn't intimidating, I don't know what is.
And I'm not here to make you feel the weighty obligation pressing down on your shoulders. I'm here to make you feel better gosh darn it!
So here's my revelation to you:
Are you ready?
They are just words.
Yeah, they can pack a punch and it's our job to find the right ones, but at the end of the day, it's nothing but words.
Think about that brilliant book you read.
Were there ANY words in there that you didn't know?
Were there ANY words in that book that were truly exotic or unusual?
I'm betting not.
I'm betting they were just ordinary words.
Words you already know.
Used in an extraordinary way.
But the pep talk doesn't end there.
If we choose the wrong word(s),
(and it does happen--sometimes too often for comfort),
then we just delete them and start over!
What a deal!
While it might seem like I'm oversimplifying - and okay, I kinda am -
But water created the Grand Canyon. Can't get simpler than water, can you? And look at the majesty water creates:
I don't know about you, but it makes me feel lots better!
The only building blocks any of us need.
I can do that.
So can YOU.
EDITED TO ADD:
I about swallowed my tongue when I read #1 on this list. What a coincidence (or Co-inky-dink as a friend says)