Today, I’m not going to start with updates, since I’ll explain further what’s going on. The title of this post is called “A Sunken Place” It’s a reference to the 2017 movie titled Get Out. For those who don’t know about the movie, it’s a horror story directed by Jordan Peele. And no, today’s post isn’t about the film, but I wanted to mention a scene in the movie everyone can relate to. In the movie, the main character, Chris, is taken to the “Sunken Place.”
I know you’re wondering what this has to do with writing, but just hear me out. The director, Jordan Peele, said the Sunken Place is,
“The reason Chris in the film is falling into this place, being forced to watch this screen, that no matter how hard he screams at the screen he can’t get agency across.”
(the image was taken from http://www.indiewire.com/2017/11/get-out-jordan-peele-explains-sunken-place-meaning-1201902567)
Now, Jordan Peele said more about this, but I want to focus on that particular line. Recently, I’m sure many of you have noticed my lack of updates. Well, for a while, I felt like I was in a Sunken Place with my writing. No matter how much I typed, no matter how much I grew my platform and planned out my stories, I felt my voice would never be heard. For many writers, I’m sure they feel the same way. In many ways, as writers, we often find ourselves in that Sunken Place. It’s a place where we keep trying and trying, and our stories don’t reach an audience.
Even though I was in that Sunken place, I decided to focus on what I accomplished. So, if you find yourself in that Sunken place, please, free yourself from it. I know it’s hard, so hard, but you can do it.
If you’re in that Sunken Place, I’ve included some motivational and inspiring stories below:
Writer, Susan Sharpio said, “If you keep working hard, someone will notice.”
Lesson: Continue toiling while taking the long view.
(quote taken from the Writer’s Yearbook 2018 – Writersdigest.com)
I found an excellent motivational video here:
As the video said, “If your ideas could talk, imagine that they said, ‘If you die, I die with you, so don’t let me die because you are the only one that can birth me into the world.”
As writers, that’s what our story ideas are to us – we can bring them into this world, so don’t give up.
“Every time you fail, get up!”
I hope you enjoyed today’s post and that it motivated you to keep going. To continue the discussion, can you share your story of motivation? Was there ever a time you wanted to give up, but instead, you keep going? After you kept going, did anything good happen?
I would love to hear what everyone has to say!