My favorite quote is “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” Goethe
For the past two years, I have been stuck finishing “The Coven”. My idea of stuck had ranged between not knowing how to integrate the future, current and past elements of the story. Then I read “Wool” by Hugh Howey and it became a little clearer. Not completely though. I read “The Beam” by Platt and Truant which was more of my style since my background as a screenwriter lends to that visual narrative so I comfortably moved my story towards that flow. And yet again, I was stuck. It wasn’t that I was unclear about how to move the story forward, what the ending would look like or shifting between multiple viewpoints, I could so those things all day but that continued to move me into problems. This all lead me to Isaac Asimov’s classic story “The Foundation”. These multiple writers and their stories showed me how to use the writing style I was looking for without compromise.
I have long since stopped beating myself up because I don’t write everyday. I, and you as well probably write everyday, just not in a creative manner. I can honestly say that all the writers I have read have informed my writing even when it is just a memo. Just because you aren’t getting paid for the writing you are processing daily, don’t discount it.
I still truly believe that whatever you can do as a writer will help you grow as a writer be it reading others work or challenging yourself to actually finish what you start. Continue to move forward. I am not Stephen King or James Patterson or Kathy Reichs, I admired their prolific writing but I count myself lucky that I still have and use my imagination. That’s what moves us forward as writers. Keep dreaming, keep writing, keep designing what the world can look like through words and maybe someday we’ll be there.