On Monday night, I helped Tom (my b/f) write the beginning of his book; he had several parts already written. However he has had writer’s block for a few months now and as I give him the idea for chapter one his brain began to turn on and get out of sleep mode so to speak. As soon as I gat him the few sentences that I wrote down I could see his brain just grinding gears. His eyes lit up and he instantly got hyper as he began to pace allowing the ideas flow in his head. Then he began to shoot idea after idea so fast I couldn’t write fast enough. It was nice to see him so ecstatic over writing again.
He has trouble with the beginning his stories so I told him I would help him with chapter 1. (He knows I am currently working on two other stories and a few surveys as well at the moment.) We (my mom, Tom, and I) started about 1:30am and worked until 5am and worked on several pages of chapter that Tom was actually happy with. He even woke up yesterday still excited.
The thing is he wants everything huge—epic, and all of the word to be golden and perfect from the start all of the time. First of all that is very hard to do day after day, and secondly I can’t even write that well for my own book at times, how could I write that well for his work?
He wants to be famous of off his writing, but he doesn’t have much of his book really accomplished. He might have a total of 4 chapters including the chapter 1 that we are working on. The reality of the chance of fame, while still being alive without giving your right to a movie, is like a billion to one. Stephen King, Anne Rice and even JK Rowling all were able to make movies. . . that is where the fame came from, and they were all very lucky. (I know Tom is lucky, but my question is just how lucky?)
I am not going to burst his bubble. . . I like him as the hopeful dreamer: it keeps him positive and motivated.
Now I just have to break him away from the constant brainstorming and teamwork and have him start to work on his own so I can get my work done.