I wrote Sharp Objects and Dark Places
[the books I published before Gone Girl]
at night, on weekends and on holidays
while I still had my job at EW.
Lots of people spend too much time
on the edge of the pool,
looking at the water instead of jumping in.
What I always tell people who want to be writers -
and I think this goes for anything -
is that you just have to do it.
Preparing is only going to take you so far.
I admit it - I've been hanging out on the edge of the pool for awhile now. I've had my sunglasses on for so long, they've gone out of style. I've reapplied my sunscreen more times than I care to admit. I'm ready. I'm prepared. I know I am. What am I waiting for?
I don't know exactly. Is there ever a perfect time to leap? If we just wing it, if we jump too soon, we end up doing a great big belly flop. If we wait too long, if we over-prepare, the pool closes and we miss the opportunity for a great swim.
This week, let's make a point to dive in - dive into that project we've been putting off, the one that makes us nervous, the one that is huge and overwhelming but will be oh so worth it.
Come on, join me - the water is fine! (And if we need a break, we can always play a rousing game of Marco Polo!)