I’m in the tunnel now. I’m really focused on making “Jocko” something that all of you will enjoy reading. The tunnel is long, dark and lonely.
Going to the book signings, doing radio and newspaper interviews are a lot of fun, but those are the things that happen when I leave ‘The Tunnel’.
I don’t want to confuse you. The Attic is the place that I go to to create ideas, characters and eventually stories. The Tunnel is the darkness that encounter when I’m actually writing the story. On occasion, I’ll look back in the rear view mirror and smile at what I left in order to drive in the darkness.
I am focused once I’m really inside the tunnel. I can’t chance being distracted. I’m not being rude…well…maybe I am. Writing is my job. I have to focus my speeding car, on a tight road, using my headlights and wits to navigate through a very dark tunnel.
Part of driving through the tunnel is the focus…the vision…yes, the focus. Maybe, I’m ignoring phone calls, or not posting on social media as often. I enjoy the laser focus of tunnel vision…looking up and realizing that I’ve sawed through another 15,000 words…then 42,000 then 68,754 and eventually reaching the daylight on the other side of the tunnel.
I’m about 7,000 words into a story about a…now, that would be telling. I’m going to be focused, and embody all of those things that go along with my focus.
I do hope that all of you understand the point that I’m trying to convey. If not, I’m really sorry. All that I can suggest is that you re-read this and try to read between the lines.
Once I’ve jumped through all of my hoops, I’ll take a couple of weeks off and promote “Jocko”.
Then, I’ll build another car…climb inside and drive through the darkness.