So for the past few months I’ve been working on a new project which I’m not allowed to tell anyone about yet. But suffice it to say, it’s going to have some of my favourite things in the world involved including web series, genetics, and a very old writer. This particular combination means that I am really excited to have a team working around this idea, but also terrified.
Someone, I can’t remember who, once made the argument that there is nothing more terrifying than a blank piece of paper. (I feel like it was Dan Chaon that told me this in Edale one summer… so Dan, sorry if I’m putting words in your mouth!) It is a daily battle for all of us to take a blank space and have the arrogance to believe we can make it better with our own efforts.
I call this period gestation and it can go on for many years (I’ve currently been working on a play for ten years and it’s nowhere near where I want it) or a few short weeks (as was the case with the UK’s edition of Vote Z). This is the time where you foster your idea, you protect it, believe that when it finally comes to term it has the ability to change lives, maybe even change the world, or at least go viral. And unlike when you are carrying a human baby, the creation gets to stay in its safe little womb for as long as it needs.
As I live day to day with this new project, and I do mean live with it, I start to see its flaws and shortcomings, as well as new layers to the project I never knew existed. It’s scary, as you look into creative voids and see where you need to be ten steps ahead… and have no idea how you’re going to get there. You take leaps of faith, you charge full speed at obstacles, you even work all day and throw out everything you’ve done, just because it doesn’t fit quite right.
But when the music flows and the script finally comes together, that’s what makes all the frustration worthwhile. That’s when you know a story works, and its the biggest reward unto itself. I cannot wait to introduce you to this new project in October.
Because it’s a brave new world out there. Every Day.