One of my favorite movies is The Princess Bride (one of my favorite books too :)). There is one part where the “man in black” has bested Inigo and so he goes back to the beginning. He returns to the village where Vinnizi found them and hired them to capture Princess Buttercup in hopes of finding out what to do next.
While I’m working on getting my writing mojo back, I figured that following Inigo’s words wouldn’t be a bad idea. “When a job went wrong, you go back to the beginning.”
Different things can throw a writer off his or her game- emotional (crushing defeats and scathing rejections), chronic life stressors (day job, family), acute stressors (deaths, marriages, births- even a good stressor is still a stressor), loss of joy in the process. Any of those (and there are probably as many out there as there are writers) can stop a writer dead in their tracks.
So, how does one go about getting moving again? Two blogs past I asked for ideas to help me get my mojo back- and I received some truly wonderful ones (check them out!). I’m feeling a bit more back in the game now, but still something is lingering around the edges- something holding me back. I think in the effort to become published I’d lost my sense of joy in my writing.
So, now I’m going back to the beginning and looking at the basic question every writer needs to ask themselves- why the hell am I doing this?
And back here in my little village of beginnings, I have my true answer (for me mind you, your mileage may vary) I write because I love the adventure. I love meeting these new people and exploring these new places, I love writing the types of books I want to read.
Now I’d be lying if I said I don’t care about publication. I do want to be published, I want other people to share these worlds and these characters with me. But the very basic truth, the one that is leading me back is that I love to play. I can’t worry about what the market is or isn’t doing when I’m creating. I create because of the joy of it- back at the beginning- and that’s a great place to start.