So You Wanna Write Part 10 – “Take That Step”
June 3, 2014 7 Comments
It’s probably the most overused clip in all churches ever.
And if it happens to be a church that doesn’t have a movie screen or projectors, then the youth pastor or the hip young intern has referenced the scene on stage at some point.
And the funny thing is, all these years later, these guys still get behind the pulpit and reference this movie scene as though they’re the first ones to draw in a biblical connection to it.
Cracks me up every time.
You know the scene.
He takes that step into a deep chasm, and behold! His foot lands on an invisible stone bridge!
Well, I’m not going to make the obvious (though unintentional) connection to Christian faith (lest we forget that The Last Crusade was directed by a Jew?). But I’m going to make the connection between that scene and writing.
When I was younger and my mind wasn’t carrying the weight of bills, mortgages, and 2 A.M. feedings, I was able to shower, drive, or just fall asleep dreaming up my stories. I would watch them play out in my head like a movie, and the next day I’d get to work and write what I had played in my head.
I worry a lot now, so I’ve lost the luxury to be able to let my mind play out in that way.
The bigger problem is that it’s another excuse to not write. Well, I didn’t come up with anything for a new scene, so I guess there’s nothing to write today.
Well, if that’s you, you need to stop thinking that way. So do I.
Instead, we need to approach that blank Word document like a cliff that we must hurdle. The words are already there; we just can’t see them yet. We just need to take a step, and write.
The words will come whether we think they will or not.