My mind is numb. I don’t want to write tonight. I have an I.V. drip of coffee going just to keep myself awake. I am tired. I haven’t touched my 2000 word goal for the day on the Blue Daunia series, and I am actually just a bit loathe to do so. Not because I don’t love the characters and their quirks and dialects, and not because I am in any way bored with the plot (in fact nothing could be further from the truth). It’s just a simple matter of the fact that it is now 9pm (in my part of the world) and I have just worked a 10.5 hour day at my “day job.”
I feel drained. I even had a hell of a time coming up with a topic for this very blog post (but then I figured I’d just write about that and the reasons behind it).
But I will write. I will strive to hit my word goal for the series. One thing compels me forward. One thing wills me on. And I wish I could say it was some grand notion of the nobility of the sense of duty, or some ultra-powerful work ethic instilled deep within me. But it’s none of these things. It’s far more simpler than that. In fact, it’s something you can gift yourself with as well! (Don’t worry, I’m not trying to sell ya anything… except my book, but the gift I’m discussing in this particular post is absolutely free!).
Simply put, it is this video: Don’t Get it Right, Get it Written, from a YouTube channel called Film Courage. It is aimed primarily at screenplay writers, but the knowledge, wisdom and abounding inspiration applies easily to the narrative prose form, or any writing, for that matter! If you’re a writer, the first minute and six seconds alone should be enough to kick you into gear, but if that doesn’t get you going, the next two hours and eighteen minutes will pound your brain into submission.
The premise, distilled down to its essence, is a mesmerizing embellishment of the “butt in the chair” principle of writing, as in sit your butt in the chair and get at it! To that effect, it is also the most inspirational video on the topic I have seen, and I have seen hundreds. My overall mission for the blog, although I sometimes wander astray, is to help writers along their journeys toward indie publishing, and in that regard I’m here to tell ya, this video is something you absolutely need to watch if you have any struggles whatsoever with self-discipline toward the notion of just getting it done.
The video tackles other topics as well, such as fear of rejection, self-doubt, self-loathing and self-confidence, and the majestic accomplishment of completing a first draft.
Yet the core of the message rings true throughout: Damn the excuses, damn the doubt, treat this as a job (the best job in the world) and “clock in!”
The channel itself has a plethora of other videos on the topic, which, again, is geared toward screenwriters, but I have yet to hear a single word during any of the interviews that couldn’t apply to any form of writing. The channel’s other topics, for example, include character, dialogue, story, villains, and emotional impact. If you are a writer of any sort, I cannot recommend this channel enough.
And if you’re having trouble just plopping yourself down in front of your keyboard or notebook and going at it, this video will take you to that coveted place you mentally need to be.