Backfiring and Bull Durham – Day 200

I don’t know exactly how a backfire works, but it’s something about the wrong mix of air and gas and maybe timing that causes the engine to expel the wrong gas at the wrong time or something. The upshot though is that there’s a loud useless explosion.

That’s how I’m feeling today. Another day into my “writing depraved and decadent” experiment, and things are not going well. Big, meaningless explosions.

I think I might be overthinking it a bit. It’s like in Bull Durham in that scene where Kevin Costner is in the batter box and his head’s going a mile a minute and he tells himself, wait a second, what are you thinking about? Get out of the box. GET OUT OF THE BOX! And then he calls time.

I need to call time, I think. I’m not sure how to get my head back in the game. But I need to call time.

~Graham

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4 Responses to Backfiring and Bull Durham – Day 200

  1. Chris says:

    Graham, take the time out. Perhaps your brain needs a break to reboot? You’ll know when it’s time to resume.

    • Graham Strong says:

      Thanks Chris,

      Yes, the well has been low all this week, for the novel and the day job. But I think there’s more to it than that. I’m digging to see what I can do differently.

      Until then, a time out to refill the well isn’t a bad idea…

      ~Graham

  2. Tara Benwell says:

    Pick up a good book about writing. That always helps me. Have you read Brenda Ueland’s “If you want to write” or John Gardner’s “On Becoming a Novelist”? Very inspiring.

    • Graham Strong says:

      Hi Tara,

      That’s a great idea! I haven’t heard of those two, though I do enjoy Stephen King’s “On Writing” — although it doesn’t give much step-by-step advice, it is inspiring. (And it’s the only thing of his I’ve ever liked…)

      Ray Bradbury had one out too — Zen and the Art of Writing. I seem to remember liking it, but it’s been so long now…

      Currently, I’m reading Story Engineering by Larry Brooks (I should update my GoodReads status, methinks). Just started, so I haven’t gotten far, but so far so good.

      Thanks for the leads on those books — I’ll have to put them in with my next book order!

      ~Graham

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