Sometimes, in the land of writing, we survive on what if’s – what if I get my dream agent, what if I sign a contract with super publisher, what if my book gets made into a movie. These are great skills because they flesh out our dream, push us when we just want to stop, keep us walking in the way of our goals.
But sometimes, thinking about the what if’s makes life scary. Like what if I get a dream agent and she wants a hefty revision and my due date for that is either mid-term or the end of the quarter and I already have a gazillion things to do? Or what if I’m on the cusp of making it big but I might have to cut back at work and I’m not making the money for writing yet to balance that out?
I was having one of these moments a few days ago when my son (11) was watching a video on youtube. Now, if you have a child about that age, you may have experienced their fascination with parody videos, and the current hot topic in my area is MineCraft.
I got thinking that Creeper provides a decent amount of motivation for the main guy (Mine Crafter? I’m so not cool….) but when Creeper gets too close, the other guy runs away, trying to maintain what he has made.
That’s what we need to do. Keep our dreams close and in sight, to motivate us, to inspire us, to allow us to dream, but not so close they consume us.
What possible part of being a writer frightens you the most? Do you know the name of the characters in MineCraft?