Due to the positive response I received for last week’s ‘Thoughts for Friday’, I have decided to keep with the theme of posting a quote that I find inspiring and thought-provoking on a weekly basis.
This week I have decided to use a quote from an author that I admire a great deal (some of you may have noticed that I’ve mentioned him a few times already throughout my blog posts). Not only do I think Stephen King is a highly talented author, I believe he has hit the nail firmly on the head with the quote that I have chosen.
The scariest moment is indeed just before you start to write something. I’ve lost count of how many times I have sat in front of my computer tearing my out my hair as I try to figure how I am going to start a new piece. That first sentence is always the kicker for me, I have spent countless hours agonizing over the best way to start a story. I type a sentence….delete it….type another sentence….delete that….and on…..and on…
Once that first elusive sentence has been nailed, I know that I then have the beginnings of an idea that I can work with and shape into something that might just cut the mustard as a finished piece. But it is that first damn line, each and every time I sit down to my computer to begin writing. That bugger of a line that refuses to be captured and locked into my page.
The first line is also the scariest.
Will it be good enough?
Is it interesting?
Will anyone want to read it?
All of these thoughts – and countless others, fly through my mind when I am in my creative zone. Sometimes the fear is so great that I feel as if I want to give up, that I should do anything except pour my heart and soul out onto a page that might never see the light of day as a published piece.
A wise person once said: ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway.’
And that’s what I’ll do. Live by the seat of my pants on this writing journey of mine, hoping that fortune favors the brave.