Sometimes you’ve just got to write your way to the end

by DRM

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Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.

— William Faulkner

I’m finishing a story right now that is frustrating me.

First, I should be working on the long project.  I’ve set myself a deadline and need to keep on it.

Second, the story is just goofy.  Kind of a sci-fi allegory using a monastic community 300 years in the future to investigate the nature of faith — is a higher of order belief in a Holy Spirit or in the nature of Man himself?

That sounds pretty lofty and outside of my scope, doesn’t it?

But once you’re into a story you should write your way to the end, right?  You never know what you’re going to find along the way.  (Of course, that would mean I shouldn’t be taking these little breaks and detours from the long project, right?  Or making the time to get one of these blog posts up every day, right?)

Faulkner was on it though.  All you can do it get the stuff down.  You can’t sweat it along the way.  Maybe it will be good.  His stuff was certainly good, but it wasn’t easy, either for him or for us.

That said, I can’t wait until this story is finished.  Then, I promise myself, I’ll get back to the other work.