Quoting the Quill #47

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“The scariest moment is always just before you start.”

– Stephen King

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I remember reading this quote in Stephen King’s non-fiction book On Writing where he discusses…well, writing…and stuff. At the time I thought how spot on and true it was and as it turns out, this quote seems particularly apt for me at this week; not only because I am currently making my way through my first ever Stephen King novel (and it is a BRICK in every sense of the word, I’m enjoying it but it’s also taking forever to read and I’m approaching the two month mark) but also because since returning to university after Christmas I’ve been struggling to get motivated. This last week or so is the first where I’ve actually had assignments I need to be writing, but instead I am finding myself in avoidance mode, doing everything I possibly can to delay the inevitable. For some reason after a long break, writing an essay seems impossible. It’s like as soon as you get out of the mode and relax you feel as if you lose the skill and the mindset you had previously, and it’s like starting all over again!

So, I picked this quote out to remind myself that the scariest moment really is before you start, and that half the battle is just getting something down on paper, no matter how rubbish!

Have you had trouble starting something this week? Tell me your tales of woe! (It will make me feel better, hehee).

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14 thoughts on “Quoting the Quill #47

  1. That blank page when you start writing is always damn scary. It’s the top of the rollercoaster ride, right at the start before the first drop. Scary as hell…but damn *exhilarating* as well. Fantastic quote.

    IT is a quite a volume, isn’t it? Welcome to the doorstops that are the World of Stephen King! 🙂

    There’s a small section right near the end that a lot of people have trouble with. Be interested to see what you make of if in your review…

    • Agreed! I think it’s so much pressure because you know that you want it to be great, and you don’t know whether you’re going to be able to convey what’s in your heard as well on the page. And also, you’ve got SO much writing ahead of you, which also means a lot of work ahead of you. Love your rollercoaster analogy, so accurate. 🙂

      Sure is. I don’t normally have an issue with long books but I’m struggling a bit with this one now!

      Oooh okay, colour me intrigued. Did you have trouble with that bit when you read it?

      • For me, it worked perfectly in the context of the themes of the story. It does have a high *squick* value though…but I’m quietly amused that people are appalled by it more than, say, a boy suffering death by flying leeches. 🙂

      • Hmm, interesting. Hopefully I will feel the same way as you but I guess we’ll have to wait and see. I just read the flying leeches bit!! It definitely made me skin crawl and hey, I’m totally still waiting for that post talking about the themes in IT. 😉 I would be curious about what you come up with! *Tony silently curses and wishes he’d never mentioned it*

  2. Yes, breaking the seal is always the hardest part of writing. Although I’ll have an idea of where I need to be going, there’s always the worry about whether I’m starting too early or too late in the story for me to be able to continue with it.

    I’ll be getting my head down again soon and I’m half-dreading it!

    And welcome to Stephen King’s world.

    • Agreed! I get what you mean, writing is a lot of work and quite often you end up double guessing yourself about whether what you’ve done is right or if the time has been wasted.

      Yikes, good luck. Any idea what you’re writing about this time?

      Haha, thanks. 🙂

  3. Ok, you want me to make you feel better. I am sitting in my car right now trying to force myself to go into work. My boss is back today after two weeks on a cruise while we have all been dealing with problem after problem at the office. I have so much work on my desk I don’t even know where to start, and it’s going to get even worse now that he is back. I just want to sit here and cry :(. How’s that? LOL!

    You can do it Becky, I know you can!! You just have to keep reminding yourself that you are almost done. You have an end in sight – that’s what you need to focus on :). You’ll be fine Book Buddy.

    • Ahhh man, sounds like you have a a horrible day ahead of you! Paperwork is never fun and I imagine having a boss back after having free reign for a while must be difficult – just as you’re getting used to not having him around it throws in a curve ball all over again! Haha, that was very good, thanks. 🙂

      Thanks for the pep talk. 🙂 I keep trying to do exactly that and while it normally works it doesn’t seem to be having the same effect this week. My brain has clearly had enough but I need it to keep going, LOL.

  4. You’re so cool, you’re so great, come on Becky and…..beat those fucking assignments into submission. That was supposed to be a motivational cheer but my rhyming skills and vocabulary have abandoned me.

    A fabulous quote which I *think* can be applied to all aspects of life?! The unknown is always daunting and we immediately think of reasons why we can’t take that first step 🙂 You’re totally right though, anything vaguely related to academia is practically impossible to start, hence the last minute rush jobs 😉

    • Hahaa I wondered where you were going with that. 😉 Don’t worry, I’m flipping awful at anything poetry or rhyme related so no judgement here!

      Yes agreed, I like it because it can apply to so many things! It just popped into my head the other day when I found myself doing everything humanly possibly to avoid starting my assignment, haha. Ahh yes, the student tradition of the all-nighter. Joy of joys.

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