Thanks for hanging in with me over the summer. As August draws to a close, I’m wrapping up the Tuesday’s Tips posts. . .and rethinking this blog. Let me know what kinds of posts might be most helpful to you!
In the meantime, please allow me to share my favorite misquote. For years, I was in love with these wise words from Russell Hoban’s A Mouse and His Child: “You’ve got to take those daring leaps or you’re nowhere.” This sentiment spoke to my writer’s heart and experience. Sometimes, simply sitting down at a blank page (or screen) is an incredibly daring leap.
I re-read the book recently and realized Mr. Hoban actually wrote, “You’ve got to make those daring leaps or you’re nowhere.”
I hope he won’t send down a lightning bolt from above at my boldness, but I actually prefer my misquote. As a writer, I take daring leaps every single day but making those leaps? That’s a different issue. Sometimes I fall short, barely reaching the cliff’s edge, scrabbling for purchase on some scrubby shrub to keep myself from falling into the abyss. And sometimes, I do fall — down, down, down. But sometimes, I clear the gap like an Olympic hurdler. The deal is, unless I actually take a leap, I won’t know what kind of landing I’ll make. That’s what makes writing so awful. And so awe-full.
My next leap? A picture book. Who knew?