by Robin Byrd
There is a cost for everything – the biggest question is how much do you want to pay?
Lately, I have been researching a lot of things that seem random and disconnected – history, geography, post-traumatic stress, women’s issues, world class lies, isolation, and COVID. As a writer, mining for story is a regular event. The problem, this time, is the mass intake of information and not knowing what it will be used for. With all this extra knowledge, I feel like I should map directions to a new project. I am just not sure what that project needs to be. There is usually an arrow that lights up “go this way” but this time there is no arrow just continuous downloading of information.
Questions, I am asking myself:
If you find out something was a lie, how do you handle the material that you wrote based on that lie? Is it now considered a fictional account?
Do you settle for what you now know to be false and leave it as is or do you correct it?
What will it cost you to leave it? Sleepless nights, self-esteem, integrity, or simply a ripple in time…
What is the price of settling, if you do nothing and just move forward?
What is the cost if you go back with what you know now and rewrite? Rewrite. That’s a word that triggers anxiety, it’s like losing your whole identity. Paradigm shifts are hard especially when they are tied to your life and your work.
The act of writing can be an act of purging… I just want to always write my truth even when it changes, even when the bread crumbs that have just now become visible lead me to a place I had no idea existed.
I guess the price of settling to me is worth revisiting… it’s more about getting a sure footing in order to move forward and less about what it costs to get that sure footing…