Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A preponderance of bass

A PREPONDERANCE OF BASS
Last week you may recall I wrote a post titled “Seeking Alpha” in which I described a mantra for authors that helps in finding the best balance between risk and reward (link here).

Today I destroy all that happy-happy-joy-joy crap with a repetitious moan-of-a grunt-and-spew-pisser-of-a-phrase that helps us to just GET BY.

I am talking about SEEKING BETA.

You finance types will see that as yet another method of raping people of helping people with their money, and authors might see it as a plea for someone to proofread a new tome.

Get that outta yer heads right now!

I aint talking about any of that!

I deal in human fulfillment...

In the movie “Risky Business”, in a moment of foreshadowing that aludes to his son’s mental condition, Joel Goodson’s father points out that Joel has left the equalizer on his expensive stereo system in a bad configuration. There’s “something odd” about the sound. A “preponderance of bass”.

Like many teenagers, Tom Cruise’s character Joel Goodson ignores his father. And this act of defiance turns out to be a good thing for Joel.

THIS is what I am talking about... finding a place where we can ignore the father inside our own heads, a way to test with and play with and FIX our own internal imbalance...

A place where we can all just say “What the f*ck”!

A place where we can just give up! Throw up our hands (or just throw up) and give the world a big fat middle finger then turn our backs and walk away from it all until we feel like coming back!

WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING?
Sometimes “Seeking alpha”, trying hard, persevering, stick-to-itive-ness, and all that jazz just plain SUCKS. Sometimes we WANT to throw in the towel, pass the buck, wallow in the mire, or just WALLOW.

And sometimes that is JUST WHAT WE NEED.

Sometimes it’s good to walk away.

Give it a rest. Wait a few days and then come back with a fresh mind and clean slate of expectations.

And yes there are times that we should consider the possibility of walking away permanently.

I mean it.

Right now I am writing a couple of different projects, and I have about three more in my head that I have made a few notes on that I would like to work on.

The two I am technically “writing” now are another ROMY MALLOY novel and a CULVER BISHOP novel.

I am about half way done with Culver Bishop, and I have been enjoying it.

But with the release of the first Romy Malloy novel, I have been thinking more and more again about Romy and her friends and the next chapter of their lives.

I actually put down Culver and started again on writing Romy’s second. I am also about half way done.

And that’s when the doubts started.

WHAT DO I DO NOW? (whine, cry, whimper...)
I have been considering if it is time to put down the Culver Bishop story.

Look, I don’t think I really WILL kill the story... but listen... and THIS is where it gets important...

It is actually GOOD for me to THINK about KILLING IT!

That’s right... you heard me.

I think it is a very good thing to think about the relative possibilities of success of your works.

Things like: “Is the story working? Is it strong enough? Did I think it through properly?”

Author and self-titled “SOCIAL MEDIA JEDI” Kristen Lamb says it all best right here: http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/how-sick-is-your-novel-can-it-be-saved/

Sometimes the answer is “YES”. Kill it. Put it down and out of its ever loving misery.

Believe me, this will be doing yourself a favor (and the rest of us too!!!)

Joel Goodson (get it... the good son) wanted to get into Princeton so badly that he sacrificed nearly his whole life and friends and social growth just for a CHANCE to go to Princeton. He never took a break to stop and think about if what he was doing was right for him.

But he met a girl and did some stuff and presto change-o he realized that maybe it’s not such a good idea to focus so much on one thing that you neglect all other areas of your life.

It’s the same when it comes to writing (or creating or arting or singing or musician-ing).

Walk away. Do something else for a while. For a day, a week, a month, a year... maybe forever.

Sometime you just gotta say “What the f*ck!”

That project will still be there. And if you look back and realize it’s a major frog with too many warts to even think about saving?

Kill it.

Please.


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