Writing is a hard business. Not just the publishing end of it, but getting down in front of the computer or your typewriter, or even your paper, and you gotta put those words down, one after another, and you keep doing it until you finish the damn thing. Start, write, finish. That’s the deal.
Sometimes, however, that becomes easier said than done. Things wear at you; things tear you down. We all know stories about authors who are just one step away of completely losing they minds–or, in the case of a few, having lost it completely and they decided to write though the madness.
That’s how I’ve felt for a while; that I was writing though some madness that wouldn’t leave me alone. It just gnawed at me like a beast picking you apart slowly but surely.
And last week it nearly won.
I had a hard time of things last Friday, and was pretty much at my wit’s end for more than a few things. It was a tough time, and if not for the help of a lot of friends who came to my aid, I might still be rolling through that madness.
I haven’t forgotten what happened, and I’m truly moving ahead to make things better. But last night . . . I had some thoughts I had to get out. Thoughts that weren’t going to stay quite any longer.
I’ve been playing with video a lot of late, and getting some of the things I’ve said uploaded to a YouTube account. I’ve had fun it with, because it’s a different medium and there’s things that come out on video that you can’t hide unless you’re a very good actor. I’m not a very good actor; when it comes to my emotions, things tend to come spilling out these days, because hormones jack with you like you wouldn’t believe.
I put a twelve minute video together last night, after the television and computer were off, and talked a little about the state of mind I’ve labored under for a while. It’s a hard video; there’s a lot of feeling in my voice, there’s true feelings coming out, and more than a few tears come out. I don’t mind that last, because tears are good. They mean I can’t hold back, and given how things keep welling up inside these days, I don’t want to keep them in. I gotta let them out.
Jim Butcher was the one who, a few years ago, said giving up on writing is the same as killing your dreams, and there are no truer words spoken. I mention that in the video, and you can see how it makes me feel to think about doing just that. It’s a thing I’ve done before, and I know others have as well. I’m a firm believer these days that dreams should never die, because without your dreams, what do you have left?
Watch if you like, but be warned: it’s pretty raw. That’s how stream of thought is–it’s real, and it just comes at you.
But if it helps other writers out there articulate what they also feel from time-to-time, then I’ve done something good.
That’s what really counts.