It’s July -
‘Look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.’ I was reminded of this while watching the film about the Kon Tiki expedition (Kon Tiki, 2012) and simultaneously beginning my next project. There is a stage in the film when the raft gets ‘bogged down’ (as a piece of writing can) and there is a danger of it sinking. Thor Heyerdahl refuses to take the engineer’s advice and urges him to ‘have faith’.
And all ends happily.
However, I can’t help feeling they were lucky the raft didn’t break apart. Feel the fear and do it anyway is all very well if you have first assessed the pros and cons. If something seems life-
So, what else do I also need in order to succeed? Like Thor Heyerdahl, a purpose helps. The ‘why’ we are doing it is key – to help others, to prove that we can, to improve some aspect of our life with the riches that will flow. And to overcome difficulties, we need a little of that blind optimism of the Kon Tiki, belief in something outside ourselves, our own quest.
To tie this theory to a creative endeavour like writing, first: get your book written, even though the possibility of publication is remote; do the work of art even though you may be the only person who likes it. We fear the blank canvas or page: where to start? What if it doesn’t work out -