By: Sally Wolfe
Writing is finally about one thing: going into a room alone and doing it. Putting words on paper that have never been there in quite that way before. And although you are physically by yourself, the haunting Demon never leaves you, that Demon
the knowledge of your own terrible limitations, your hopeless inadequacy,
the impossibility of ever getting it right. No matter how diamond-bright your
ideas are dancing in your brain, on paper they are earthbound.” -William
Goldman, Princess Bride. being
You know the feeling.
The words come tumbling out, fast and sure, faster than you can write or type. You feel the passion and
of your voice. The rock-bottom certainty of your
insights. The current is strong and it’s all making sense at last! When you power , you’ve got a thousand, maybe 1500 words on the page. And there’s
this triumphant feeling that you’ve finally nailed it. ’re
You transcribe it. You read it over. The feeling is still there, though not as strong. You see the sentences that will work, the ones that won’t. Yes, of course, you’ll need to change the structure a bit, develop a point here and there. No problem, you think.
You begin revising. This is the danger point. Why?
Because the fire of the first draft has gone out and you’re no longer held aloft on wings of inspiration. You may even doubt that the inspiration ever happened! You’re a creature of earth again, crawling around on the ground.
The Demon Enters
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