I don’t believe in writer’s block. Never have (and neither does Seth Godin). True, I’ve been stuck at times in the past. And I failed to finish that first book idea many many years ago. But it wasn’t that I couldn’t write, I was stopping myself. I didn’t know what to say, or I didn’t want to waste words not being sure if they would be the right ones. My mind would find excuses, or distractions. Reasons to put off writing. Usually there was a good reason behind it. Something wasn’t right.
The concept of Resistance was first coined by Steven Pressfield, in his book The War of Art. And I think he’s come the closest of anyone to truly capturing what it’s like being creative, and the hurdles you often face. It does seem a bit crazy when you think about it, that there’s this resistance to what you wish to create. Something that needs to be kept in check, if you are to keep creating. But everyone encounters it, in some fashion.
The last few months have been intense. Work and family commitments ramped up considerably, and I had an editing project that I had to deliver. Snippets of time were fewer and shorter, and I worked on my outline for the next book. Added a bit here, tweaked a bit there. Even though the skeleton had been worked out a while back. And there has been some great benefits, really good mini plot arcs or scenes which I hadn’t considered before. But it didn’t need to take this long.
The weight of this undertaking has been weighing on me. The responsibility of bringing my fantasy series to a close. The finality of it, ending the story and making it complete. Once that’s done, everything will be revealed, everything on the table. The story as a whole will need to stand up to scrutiny, and the judgement of my readers. And it has to succeed!
This is my seventh book, but it seems heavier than the rest. It’s going to be longer, and it’s going to deliver some payoff for the journey I’ve taken people on. I think the realisation of that expectation is a bit nerve-wracking. And amongst the chaos of the last few months, I haven’t felt like I had the space to truly tackle such a project.
But I do now. Things are settling down, and I see a way forward. So, I’m going to finish this outline and tackle this beast of a book. I’m going to make that satisfying conclusion that you all deserve, trusting in the process and the initial seed of the idea that spurred me on at the start.
Thank you for your patience, and for coming on this journey with me. Boy, do I have a story for you.