Monday, May 13, 2013

Motivational Monday


WALK INTO A BOOKSHOP AND YOU WILL SEE BOOKS THAT YOU LOVE AND BOOKS THAT YOU HATE, BOOKS THAT WERE WRITTEN THREE WEEKS AGO AND BOOKS THAT TOOK THIRTY YEARS...BOOKS THAT WERE WRITTEN IN SPLENDID ISOLATION, BOOKS THAT WERE WRITTEN IN STARBUCKS. SOME OF THEM WERE WRITTEN WITH ENORMOUS ENJOYMENT, SOME FOR MONEY,  SOME IN FEAR AND LOATHING AND DESPAIR.

THE ONLY THING THEY HAVE IN COMMON IS THAT
THEIR AUTHORS FINISHED THEM,
SOONER OR LATER.
(Nick Hornby)

My current WiP is a tease. It runs away from me when I try to pin it down. It whispers and giggles as it darts and ducks around corners. It hides in the crawl space over the garage. It hunkers down with the tortoises, growing a hard and impenetrable shell of its own. It slams doors and yells that it hates me. I am convinced it will be the death of me. Or at least the death of the little sanity I still possess. 

And yet, I don't give up. I chase it. I play with it. I pet and soothe and feed it chocolate and cheese. Both my WiP and I know it wants to be caught. It wants to grow and improve and excite and entertain. It wants to be finished. It needs to be finished. And I am the only one who can do that. And I will.

This week, let's get closer to finishing something, anything. Let's not give up. 

24 comments:

Simon Kewin said...

Absolutely! Never give up...

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Sometimes it's easier said than done.... :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Just keep after it!

M.J. Fifield said...

My WIP is doing that, too. It's annoying, but eventually I'll get it done. =)

Annalisa Crawford said...

I've got a WIP like that! Better a lively one than a sluggish, sullen one though :-)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I will, and I'll get the tortoises to help me if I have to. :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I know you will!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

That's an excellent point!

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, good luck to you! Some books are sort of like that. I had a long streak of books that weren't too hard to finish, but I am back to a couple difficult ones. I'm trying to get some editing out of the way so I can face them without distractions...

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I'm trying to clear the decks a bit, too. I keep telling myself that maybe if I can get rid of some of the distractions then I'll be able to focus. We'll see.

bookworm said...

Perhaps, if I feed my WIP chocolate and cheese, I will have better luck with it. Haven't tried that.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Go finish and then shout it out to everyone so we can feel the joy with you.

Shannon Lawrence said...

I'm with you! Good luck to you as you chase that tease down.

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Well now, your ms might prefer pasta or cheesecake. They're all different. :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I think I'd be too hoarse from crying in relief. :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Good luck to you, too!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Perseverance is key...I know it's cliche but it's SO SO true :)

Tara Tyler said...

what you described sounds like a one act play of a writer coaxing her muse/story to be written! totally pictured a girl chasing, cajoling and sweet talking a nymph from a corner or the rafters!

lets do write!!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

It really is true, isn't it?

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I know! I could see the scene in my mind as I wrote it. For some reason, my WiP has pigtails and freckles and is sticking her tongue out at me before she grins and runs off. :)

Crystal Collier said...

Well, as long as you're feeding it cheese... ;)

Oh this fickle thing called writing! I have about 10 WIP's so I can pick the one that loves me most on any given day. Of course, my hubby really wants me to finish book 2 so we can publish it six months after the first, but maybe book 2 doesn't want to be written yet, eh?

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Maybe your Book 2 would like some cheese? :)

Cynthia said...

I'm familiar with this sort of wrestling match. At times, I've felt like my WIP could be its own character in a story.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Now that's a funny idea - a wrestling match between us and our WiPs.... "In this corner, at 122 pages, a pile of crappy writing and flat characters, is the WiP! In that corner, is the writer who thinks she can actually publish the WiP! Ha! Now shake hands and have a fair fight...." :)