Writers Gotta Start
Like that improper spelling? I don’t twinge too bad at it. Hehe. Day 7 is upon us and the Habit is simple “Start.” But just not start… start ugly. I had a slight internal battle with this day’s challenge. In the beginning, Jeff provides this perfect quote:
Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” So every time you endeavor to create, you will have a choice: You can first make it ugly, or not make it at all. There is nothing else.
I was getting along with this at first. This was perfect – just start something! Doesn’t matter what, but starting is always better than nothing. But then he continues on to talk about this conversation he had with a friend. Jeff gave the friend the advice that when you have multiple stories and books inside you, start with the ugliest first. Now this just made me stop. I froze. I’ve got a great novel concept I’m working on involving mythology, modern-day, and some adult content. I love this piece, but it’s my first, too. I don’t want this one to be my ugly piece. I damn near had a panic attack. But I trudged on through the rest of his post, praying for a light at the end of the tunnel. Then I found it:
Make something ugly. And leave it ugly (temporarily). Be okay with it. Embrace the splotches and streaks for what they are: evidence that you’ve started.
I was relieved to read the challenge. Actually, just that one word – temporarily. See, I know that when I write, it’s not perfect. It’s quite raw actually. I just want to get it all done on “paper” so it’s out there. But this ‘temporarily’ saved my sanity in knowing I just needed to start again. It would be “ugly” in the raw form… but that’s only a temporary phase until it’s buffed and polished into the beautiful masterpiece it is meant to be.
So panic attack aside, I’m at peace with this challenge. It’s just to start-up the thought train again and get the novel goings. Better to start than to never do anything.