Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Am I the Literary Ed Wood? [Bloghop]

This is my entry for the Insecure Writer's Group...

I once saw Tim Burton's Ed Wood. He was portrayed as a filmmaker with deep passion for movies and his craft. He idolized Orson Wells, and was determined to follow in his footsteps and create the next great movie. There was only one problem. He was no good at it. He was a terrible writer and director whose most famous movie is Plan 9 From Outer Space, considered one of the worst movies ever made.
Ed Wood, hard at work
Throughout Ed Wood, he brushed off his horrible decisions and mistakes, focused on the goal of "making a movie." When someone tried to point out that one of the actors just bumped into something during a scene, Wood just said, "People don't care about that. All they care about is the big picture." Of course, he was wrong. I just wanted someone to walk up to him, tap him on the shoulder, and say, "Dude, let it go."

That's what I think about sometimes when I'm struggling with a story. What if you really aren't a good writer? How would you know? How many short stories and novels do you write before you decide you can't do it? At what point do you let it go? Writing advice is filled with platitudes about determination, persistence, keep on trying, keep on writing. But what if you're Ed Wood? What if, at the end of the day, you're really as bad a writer as you think you are?

What do you think? Do you ever feel like giving up? Have you ever read something in a published book or online that made you think the writer should've given up? Let me know in the comments. And be sure to check out the other members of the Insecure Writers Group! 
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