“I paint the way I see it, and some of the colors are a little broader and a little bolder than others. Sometimes you take it to the limit, sometimes you may go a little overboard, but that’s all part of a vision. I say, go with the glow. If an effort is being made to produce something that has appetite and passion and isn’t done just to get the golden cup, it isn’t a fucking waste. Yes, there are flaws, but in them are things you’ll remember.”—Al Pacino, "Caught in the Act"
The writing process is something that genuinely amazes me. We all begin in the exact same place: with a blank document or page before us. There is wonder at how it will all come together in the end. If there is even an end you can reach. We sweat a little if we’re on a deadline, scared that writer’s block will rear its nasty little head and prevent us from finishing what needs to be said. We doubt ourselves. We doubt if what we have to say is worth saying, if we sound like we have any clue at all, if we sound relevant enough to hang with what’s trending online, if the joy or sadness we write can be felt by the reader or if it’s merely artificial in nature. There are some ideas so big in scope, in thought, that we fear writing about them because it seems as though just ourselves would ever want to read anything on that topic.
We don’t know and we do know everything all at once. There is only one way to begin and that is to start. Start dumping everything out, start researching, start drafting an outline. Don’t edit. Just write. Don’t dwell on ideas or grammar or spelling. Just get those thoughts penned as quickly as possible before you lose them. As far away as these words may seem, they have a way of acting like stars in the sky and aligning into constellations. Every sentence, a constellation of words brought together for that purpose. Once you write it, the idea becomes real, even if it never goes anywhere or grows into anything beyond that single page or document. The more you do it and continue to keep writing, the more you can see a progression in your work. Theories from the past become more articulate, characters you once dwelled on may be abandoned in favor of new people. There’s continual evolution in this line of work and it is readily apparent. The only way you ever stop seeing it is when you stop writing.