C’mon, It’s Just Writing.

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It’s Monday night here, Labor Day, and I’m watching this show on The Discovery Channel about Mark Inglis, the first double amputee to summit Mount Everest.

They just showed him coming down from the summit, where he passed the bodies of 200 other climbers who died on the mountain. Now he’s being helped down to base camp by his teammates; he can no longer use his prosthetic legs because his stumps are too frostbitten and raw from the summit climb. One member of the team is actually carrying Mark down the mountain on his back.

Holy crap.

I’m watching this and I’m thinking two things:

  1. I’m perfectly happy never climbing Mount Everest.
  2. Why the hell should I ever be afraid of writing?

Because truth is, sometimes I get really afraid of writing. What am I afraid of exactly? Meh. I don’t know. Lots of things. Failure. Rejection. Success. You know. That stuff.

But come on. It’s just writing. It’s not climbing Mount Everest.

Some of you will say, “Yeah, but writing a novel sure feels like climbing a big, scary mountain.”

OK, fine. But you can still feel your feet, right? And my guess is you aren’t suffering altitude blindness either.

Watching this show gave my perspective a good swift kick in the pants.

It’s just writing.


2 thoughts on “C’mon, It’s Just Writing.

    tahliaN said:
    September 7, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    What a great reminder. I’m amazed at how timely other people’s posts can be. I really needed to hear this right now. My new project is in danger of going in the ‘too hard’ basket, but sheesh, as you say, it’s not like climbing Mt Everest.

      Amy K. Nichols said:
      September 8, 2010 at 10:31 am

      Hey, Tahlia! I’m often amazed by that, too. I’m glad my post arrived in time for you. Thank you for reading. 🙂 I hope you don’t give up on your project. At the end of the show, one man had frost bite on his fingers and toes. He said, in effect, “I don’t care about the toes, but I need the fingers for writing.” Well, he ended up with nubs! 😦 So, let’s hear it for our strong fingers and keep typing, deal? Keep going!

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