Happy Halloween, everyone! We just got our power back as a Halloween treat after Hurricane Sandy blew through earlier this week (she came as a wicked witch). So, in keeping with the spookiness of All Hallows Eve, I thought I’d toss out a question for you to chew on instead of those candy bars or caramel apples begging for your attention.
Pumpkins by markmiller at Morguefile.com
What frightens you most about starting a new writing project?
Does coming up with an idea feel a bit too much like putting together a Frankenstein monster (from scratch)?
Or, do you worry about surviving that unholy bog that is the middle of a novel or writing project? Working through that can be more challenging than pulling through a sour swamp blanketed in a slimy fog—at night, with no moon.
Or, does an unknown ending hover over your shoulders, baring threatening fangs?
|Scaryface by wallyir at Morguefile.com|
Perhaps you worry that your characters won’t develop any more charisma than hollow-eyed zombies?
Maybe the voice, or the lack of one, haunts you?
For me, the thought of writing the first draft of a new novel brings on chills and sleepless nights. I’ve been known to wake up screaming at the mere thought of sitting down to write a first draft. Terrifying.
Whatever part of writing frightens you most, be brave and face it with your favorite trick or treat in hand. I recommend chocolate or caramels, but a good book on writing technique, a workshop, or guidance from others in the know can also be helpful. Just remember that writers are courageous and can (usually) conquer the scariest of hurdles. It’s a big part of what we do.
Happy writing and trick-or-treating!
And wishing those coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy warmth and a speedy recovery.