Sometimes, with writing as with birthing—even if you are not gestating a specific topic, but rather just holding the intention to create or produce something someday—there is a need to let the energy of it grow. Then, when sufficient energy has accumulated, a huge force pushes the creation out of you, giving it life. You examine what you’ve created, and you cannot believe you had it in you.
Yes, that’s a bit of a dramatic case for procrastination, but that’s what it feels like for me. Even when what comes out is not the gift the world has been waiting for, still it is a huge and—once done—relieving effort. Although my description sounds like the pain of writing, I believe it is also the pleasure of it.
So just write. See what comes out, and then identify in what genre and style you wrote. This way you are free to release it; let it come out in its natural glory—needing a good wash and swaddle. When you discover what you unreservedly birthed, then you can start to shape and guide it into the piece that you really want to produce.
Did you write something that resembles a poem? Did you write something that could—maybe—be a short story? Okay. But what you’ve always really wanted to write was a screenplay. Great. Now, take your originally conceived piece, and learn what it needs in order to shape it into your screenplay. Love your writing unconditionally. Nurture it into what you want to contribute to the world.
As usual, the suggestions I make are not the easiest to follow, but if they at least make you think, then I’ve given you something. And as always, our articles in this edition of IN are here to help you along.
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