So you’ve been writing for a while but you don’t feel like you’ve been getting to where you really want to be creatively. You’ve read, researched and even taken some workshops to improve your craft. These are all important to understanding how to build a good book.
Maybe what your doing feels like it’s well-trodden territory. In that case the advice would be to get out on the edge and really allow yourself to be creative. No, not The Edge from U2. I mean that ephemeral creative place that’s at the edge of what’s – well – out there. You go to work on various creative exercises and maybe even try to experience life to stimulate your creativity.
So you get to that edge and find there are other people there too. In fact, it’s quite crowded. You see other people are busy making their way out to that creative edge too. But take notice: the crowd is milling around with a nice view of the edge but their not quite up to it.
Ok, now it’s time to get out to the very edge – the bleeding edge, the nose-bleed edge where you’re not quite sure what you’re doing . No, I’m not saying go stand dangerously on the edge of a cliff but you might imagine that you are. What’s down? What’s up? What can you imagine is out there on that bleeding edge?
But again, you open your eyes and do some bleeding edge writing and that’s quite fun and interesting – even exhilarating. Wow! That’s the best you’ve ever been as a writer. But you look around and there’s still people out on that bleeding edge with you.
However, there may be one more thing you can do. Imagine you’ve got on one of those flying-squirrel suits, ski-jumping, sky-diving, etc. Now imagine you take a leapt beyond the edge. You might crash! You might make an ugly, short flight that in the end looks terrible to everyone else. But here’s the thing. You stretched yourself and that’s a good thing – now really learn how to fly creatively because you’ve built up all kinds of ideas and skill to put it all together.
Go beyond and see what happens!
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