I just turned on another movie where the back story is about writer who is having trouble writing. Man, how do I keep finding these? And this happens today, on the heels of watching the television movie version of Bag of Bones, where the main character Mike Noonan is, wait for it, a writer. Does this happen because screenplays and teleplays are written by writers, and writers are told to write about what we know? Therefore, it is just too tempting to write our main character in our own image, and to throw in a little drama, we must have our main character, the writer, struggling with their craft.
Anyhow, the particular writer in this movie, played by the actress Keira Knightley, just said her first novel was no problem, but she was second guessing and doubting every word she tried to write too much to finish a second novel. Of course, I can relate. With my first novel, I was more worried about whether I could accomplish the task, to think of much else. Any doubts I had were about my ability to write, start to finish, the entire novel. With my second novel however, I know I have the ability to write an entire novel, which leaves me doubting whether or not I can write it well.
I’m finished classes until January. I wrote the introduction to a short story this morning because I was feeling creative. Now I’m tempted to take a stab at my novel. I’m tired of doubting and second guessing, I just want to write. 🙂