This morning’s post is dedicated to all those writers out there who feel like the person pictured here. Do you ever drop the ball?
If you do, pay close attention to this juggler. If this were a story board the first box would show the man juggling successfully. How easy to be a writer when all is going well. The characters are real and intriguing, the plot begs for readers and a few beautiful word darlings actually fit where you’ve put them.
In the second box, the ball falls. The writing becomes dull and just doesn’t work. All the beauty is gone and the writer studies the words, amazed at their betrayal, and unsure what to do next.
The third box is redemptive with the juggler moving toward recovering the ball. He becomes a stick figure who has lost his confidence and his will. How did that ball slip out of my hands? But he keeps moving toward the ball. The writer reconsiders and rereads with a view to rewriting.
In the fourth box of the storyboard, the juggler actually picks up the ball again. Butt in chair, fingers on keyboard, the writer rewrites.
The fifth box shows the juggler moving back to the beginning to start again. And the writer feels just a little bit of the thrill as the story regains momentum.
The sixth box is a joy to draw as the juggler throws all his balls in the air, flawlessly, once again. Words flow, images appear, the story moves ahead, maybe not flawlessly but certainly well.
The seventh box…is a repeat sign. Both in juggling and in writing.
Of course, my first thought was of all the writers who juggle their writing with so many other responsibilities. I don’t even need to list them. You know what they are and who you are.
Consider leaving a comment about your own juggling game. How do you pick up the ball again, over and over?