|The author, Dane F. Baylis|
SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE YOU'LL HAVE TO GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD!
Sir, Put Down The Notebook And Writing Implement, Put Your Hands On Your Head, And Walk Towards My Voice.
Yes, I know, you're a writer! Maybe you've gone it one better, rolled the dice and someone has actually published your stuff and you've been cloaked with the sobriquet, "Author". (Don't let it get away from you...Look to the left...See the caption...It can happen to anybody.) Whether it has or hasn't, isn't the point. The fact you've chosen one of the most emotionally taxing followings I can think of is either cause for celebration or booking a room in a secluded sanitarium. You want to believe there will be moments when you'll be ready for the second.
This is usually brought on by writer's block or having fought your way to a deal and launched your first baby. The realization is... that was just the kickoff and the rest of the game's charging down the field, straight at your nose, and there's no one to take a hand off. This whole game involves a solitary player, except for the opposition, which is every other S.O.B. with a keyboard. If you don't occasionally feel overwhelmed, I suggest you send out for the tights with the big red "S" on the chest.
So, you look at the picture above for inspiration...Just kidding! (Even my ego has certain boundaries.) In reality, you look at that pile of notes, first draft interruptus, empty burger wrappers and pizza boxes and PANIC! Nope, not kidding that time.
It is going to happen. So what's the cure? Here's the magic part...Stand up...Go to the front door...And step outside. Take a walk. Go to a movie. Go fishing...that nice young man waiting by the car...That's your kid...Yup, you've been in there that long.
Develop an interest other than...If I say the word we both have to attend a twelve step meeting. Get a hobby...JOIN a museum...After all, you're not the only art's program that needs support. Everything you're working on will not vanish if you take your eyes off it for an hour or two. Before you know it, you'll be able to manage a day. The good looking woman who keeps taking showers at your place...That's your wife. Say, "Hello, wife. Wanna go to lunch and a show?" Why, I can see you now, booking that world cruise...Don't even think about it until the first drafts done! Go for a walk and think about...nothing.
Meanwhile...live, love, write.
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Dane F. Baylis