Neil Gaiman has famously advised, “Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.”
Well, Neil, I’m afraid I’m about to disappoint you.
It is with a heavy heart that I must announce I am giving up on Hollywood Whisper. Aka A Whisper in Hollywood.
Aka Truffle Butter.
Why? The simple, honest truth is that I just wasn’t feeling it anymore. I was stuck, but not because I had writer’s block — not in the traditional sense, anyway. I knew where the story was headed. It had all been meticulously plotted out. And, at one point in time, I thought this was a story I wanted to tell.
I thought it was a story I wanted to read.
Alas, I guess that was false.
I received an email the other day from Nick Thacker at WriteHacked that asked this very question. “For a lot of people, the answer’s as simple as ‘I can’t NOT write,’” says Thacker, and I suppose such a facile answer would be true for me as well.
But as Thacker posits, there’s got to be more to it than that. “Why do I spend this time writing when I could be hanging out with friends/family?” he asks. “Why do I write if I’m not making money doing it?”
This got me to thinking: yes, Jay, why do you write?