Thursday, January 21, 2010
Blastin' through the Block: SURROUND YOURSELF WITH REMINDERS EDITION!!!
Many people know how important books are, and the magic they can create. They make universes, worlds, lives, and people. They also construct a bond that is immensely strong and unlike any other. When readers look back on books, they don't just remember the stories the books contain; they remember their lives. What they were doing when they read the book, who they shared its pages with, and what they learned about themselves from its words. Not many other things can birth such a powerful thing. But, that's just what books do for readers, they do much more for authors and writers.
Many writers are plagued with self doubt. I'm one of those writers. When I'm having a bad day, I wonder why I'm even trying so hard for something that may never, more than likely won't ever happen. I can never be as good as those legends that stalk my bookcase, so what's the point? The point is something powerful I just discovered. My books are as different from theirs, as theirs are from each other. I probably will never be as good as those people I admire and it's unfair to judge myself based on them.
The authors I admire get a special place on my bookshelf, a place of honor at the top, the most viewable and easily reached place. Someplace, somewhere, there are authors who doesn't know they made it to the top of my bookshelf, that high place of honor. A place I hope to be someday. This doubt I am absorbed in isn't because of my hope to be as good as those writers. It's the idea that my book will never mean as much to anyone else as it means to me. It will never be at the top of the shelf for anyone.
It's the days I feel like crap, I head to my library. There is no proverbial higher shelf there. Books are arranged by the author's name. All are equal in their own right. They made it to the shelves. They made their way to readers' hands and they have an equal chance to create that special, magical bond. I'm on an even playing field again when I sit down and begin writing. The worries of being on the high shelf dissolve because here, the highest shelf is the dustiest and the one most people aren't tall enough to reach.
Here's my advice for Blastin' through your writer's Block: (1)Surround yourself with reminders that there's something magical about what books mean to authors and writers, more than any other type of person; write in place that reminds you of your goals to make it to a shelf, and never let the fear of the higher shelf win. (2)Sometimes you don't need to do anything other than change your scenery to get rid of the niggling feelings of doubt that make it hard to write. (3)Everyone starts at the same place with a pen and paper, surrounded by the magic of books.
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