I’m sure you know who James Gunn is. Filmmaker. The man behind Marvel‘s insanely popular and successful Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, whose latest installment grossed $146.5 million during its opening weekend and is on track to be the fifth Marvel title to hit $1 billion at the global box office.
Yeah, you know him.
Well, below is a from a Facebook post that Gunn published two years ago. It’s a brief entertaining read regarding his, shall we say, “emotions” while writing.
While writing, I have moments of utter excitement, thrills, and inspiration, laughing out loud at what characters say and do in my office, weeping because of their hardships, and feeling as if they are speaking through me. When I’m in the pocket, I’m not a fictionist, I’m a meta-dimensional journalist, just watching what these characters do in front of me and taking it down (it would be difficult for me to be one of those guys who writes in Starbucks because I spend a lot of time laughing and crying while I’m writing, as well as a lot of time pacing around the room talking to myself in different characters’ voices). Anyway, those are the good days.
On other days I wake up feeling uninspired and don’t feel like writing at all. I feel like everything I write will suck. My inclination is to wait until I am in the mood. But I know, as a professional writer, my feelings are irrelevant. So I’ll write anyway. It is my belief that “writer’s block” is often the inability to accept that writers write because we must, not because we feel like it, or even because we like what we do. We merely put pen to paper or fingertips to keys, and go.
It really is ninety-percent effort. The magic is, with that effort, eventually inspiration will come. The paradox is you can’t be looking for it.
Have a grand day. And if you don’t have it right now, find it.
And below is a sweet tip that Gunn tweeted regarding the ink color of your pen while editing.
Writing tip: When editing, use pens with green ink. Black blends in, blue is boring, and red reminds us of school. pic.twitter.com/DU7zqZrjcy
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 22, 2015
Looks like I’m headed to Staples for some green-ink pens.
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 is in theaters now. See it if you haven’t — I plan on seeing it a second time.