(The photograph is from Tulum in Mexico. You can see the ruins in the upper right corner.)
So I watched Juno on Thursday night. Terrific movie. Great characterization. I loved the layers.
As often happens when I enjoys another writer's work, I took a step back from my own work-in-progress (WIP) to evaluate it. Editing and story analysis are probably not the best activities to undertake while in the midst of trying to complete a first draft, but I have a kind of haphazard writing process anyway.
Naturally, a WIP is not as polished as a feature film, and I found myself pouting over my draft. Is this working? If it's not working, should I attempt to fix it today or should I just dive into the stack of books I bought this week to read? And why is writing so hard anyway? I should take up something new. Something easier...like eating Tic Tacs or doing 10-piece jigsaw puzzles for toddlers.
That was about the time that I thought about the megalithic, astrologically aligned pyramids in ancient Egypt. Now, there was a project meant to stand for all time. They lugged massive blocks of rock and placed them with astounding precision. Clearly, the difficulty of the work didn't deter them. And look what they have to show for it.
So, like Tom Hanks' character says in A League of Their Own: "The hard is what makes it great."
We struggle to do things that are terribly difficult because they are worth doing and...
There's no crying in baseball.
There's no whining in pyramid building.
There's no pouting in writing.