I have reached an impasse. Is it writer’s block? No, not really. Motivational? Yes, in part. I believe motivation is currently lacking since I have not touched the first draft of my trilogy for sometime. Oh, I could list several excuses such as travel or lack of time, but upon further self-analysis, I came to a different conclusion.
Fear! The fear of producing something that is simply terrible because I lack the skills. My lack of motivation is buried deep in my consciousness. Why am I doing this? My draft is simply crap!
Then enlightenment arose from an article I was required to read for my writer’s workshop. The title was “Shitty First Drafts” by Anne Lamott (it was an excerpt from her book on writing entitled Bird by Bird). Basically, Ms Lamott stated that all first drafts are terrible. A writer simply has to get the story on the page and then start the revision process to improve it.
All right, I will try to begin writing again and complete my first draft. Then a line popped into my head. Yoda, in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, stated to a frustrated Luke Skywalker, “Try not, do…or do not. There is no try”.