Friday, February 19, 2010
And after listening to the stories of how much the athletes struggled to attain perfection, I couldn't help comparing some of that struggle to writing.
I love the snowboarders' motto, GO BIG or GO HOME -- and think that's really how as a writer you have to attack your writing. You can't hold back, play it safe, write with an eye to what other people are going to think about what you have to say. You can't let the constrictions of the market make you second guess your plot or just how over the line one of your characters might be. You can't let yourself write scenes similar to ones you've written before because it's faster and you know how to do that.
You have to push your plot, have to hone your craft, work harder, aim higher with every book that you write. I'm writing my 28th book at the moment and sometimes I think I've done everything and then ... I realize I haven't. Because there are millions of stories to tell and various ways to tell them, and I want every book to be better, richer, deeper ... to have more of everything. Because as writers, just like Olympians we want to pull out the best performance every time and especially when it counts.
So I'm heading back to work ... inspired ... as I hope you are, too, by the Olympics and how they can bring out the best of us. What's your favorite Olympic Sport - any athlete that has inspired you?