by Scott Rhoades
Starting a major writing project is like asking a girl you really like out on a date when you don’t know if she feels the same way about you.
You have big ideas. You plan. You dream about the date, and how perfect it will be. You spend all your time thinking about it, consciously or not. Maybe you spend a little time talking to her, if you're brave enough, just to test the waters, but you avoid anything substantial.
When the day comes to ask her out, you approach her, then chicken out. You might even ask a couple other girls out. They’re nice enough and you enjoy their company, but none of them is The One.
Finally, the time comes to jump in and do it. You get your nerve up and approach. But no matter how hard you try to be cool and suave and perfect, you come off sounding like a dork. You keep going, though, and by the time you’re done, with a little work, things work out pretty well.
The analogy could be continued, I suppose, with drafts being the dating process, even into marriage. But I don’t want to think about that right now. I’m still trying to coax a certain character to spend a little more time with me.