Imagine me, standing here in front of you, with a spangly leotard and a Pat Benatar headband. Instead of splaying my fingers in a dazzling display of jazz hands, and announcing, “I just want to DANCE,” I am telling you right now, “I just want to WRITE.”
I don’t want to talk about craft, I don’t want to talk about outlines, I don’t want to talk about trends or the industry or who’s buying what. I just want to write. Like, channel my inner third grader, sit down with a pencil and have.at.it.
This isn’t to say that I don’t respect blogs and books about craft, or that people enjoy and benefit from these things, but sometimes, I feel like I get bogged down by it. I spend too much time reading and learning and talking about writing and I find that I don’t have enough time to actually WRITE.
I wonder if spec fic writers are more susceptible to overanalyzing their work? What do you think? Do any of you guys feel paralyzed by talking about craft too much?
Let me know what you think – I’m off to write!