How Writing is Like That Song From ‘Trolls’

You gotta get back up again


I have kids which means I have seen the movie Trolls on Netflix. Many times. And I enjoy it almost as much as they do.

But there is one song in particular that speaks to my writer soul.

It’s called Get Back Up Again. And it fits the writer’s life so well.

Get Back Up Again

I really hope I can do it
’Cause they’re all depending on me

Maybe you're like me, about to finally start seriously writing your first fiction novel. And you’re terrified. In a way, it feels like everyone is depending on you. Your family who support and expects you to do well. Your friends who have faith you will have a book published one day (thanks, guys) and even your readers.

I know that I must leave the only home I’ve ever known
And brave the dangers of the forest
Saving them before they’re eaten
I mean, how hard can that be?

Fear and Distraction

That chair sits, waiting. The computer is closed and looks ready to bite if you open it. Writing is scary because put our souls into words then feed them to our readers, hoping they will find our sentences tasty like a troll to a bergen.

Looking up at a sunny sky, so shiny and blue and there’s a butterfly
Well, isn’t that a super fantastic sign
It’s gonna be a fantastic day

Writers are a hopeful, optimistic bunch. We start the day with the sun shining and our hearts full of hope. This will be the day we write 4,000 words, write an article that goes viral, or finally finish our novel.

And then there’s a butterfly.

The distractions are endless with the internet. We must see how our writer friends are on Facebook, we love them after all. And oh, look at that pretty picture on Instagram. Or even this awesome article you're reading now. Ha.

Or our lovely children want to play. How can we resist?

Such marvelousness
It’s gonna bring, got a pocket full of songs that I’m gonna sing
And I’m ready to take on anything
Some super fun surprise around each corner
Just riding on a rainbow, I’m gonna be okay

But then, after our procrastination and distraction have ended, our optimism begins once again. Your coffee’s next to the computer, music on or room silent and ideas ready. The words flow and you’re riding high on the inspiration rainbow. Life is so good, even more than okay.

Fighting Past and Flying on a Writing Rainbow

I’m not giving up today
There’s nothing getting in my way
And if you knock knock me over
I will get back up again, oh

And so we write on, feeling proud of the words flying off our fingertips. Even the chatter or life that keeps knocking on our bedroom/office door won’t knock us down. We’re gonna keep writing. It’s what we do.

If something goes a little wrong
Well you can go ahead and bring it on
’Cause if you knock knock me over, I will get back up again
Whoa oh oh oh oh, get back up again, whoa oh oh oh oh oh

Knocked Down

Yet, there are things that try to push a writer down into a deep, dark hole. Querying, submitting, contests, or even the dreaded process of editing can destroy a spirit. But we can’t let those normal things get us down. We can let rejection destroy our passion or learn to love it instead. We have to keep fighting ourselves and bleed onto the screen.

I’m marching along I got confidence
I’m cooler than a pack of peppermints
And I haven’t been this excited since
I can’t remember when!
I’m off on this remarkable adventure
Just riding on a rainbow

I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally finish a novel (see that confidence?). I will do it. It will be a complete draft. And you can reach your goals, too. Be excited. Ride your rainbow and enjoy the inspiration and confidence while you have it because you never know when the darkness will appear. There must be rain before the rainbow, after all.

What if it’s all a big mistake
What if it’s more than I can take
No I can’t think that way ’cause I know that
I’m really, really, really gonna be okay

Every story must have a low point for the protagonist. That moment when the world is against them, they’ve lost their friends and family and they are sure their goals and dreams are lost forever.

And you, my writer friend, will have an all is lost moment as well. Whether it is while you’re in the middle of your novel, career or just your daily struggle to get words or paper, the low point happens for all creatives.

But hey, that’s why we love the title of this song, right?

Back Up Again

I’m not giving up today
There’s nothing getting in my way
And if you knock knock me over
I will get back up again, oh
If something goes a little wrong
Well you can go ahead and bring it on
’Cause if you knock knock me over, I will get back up again

The good news is after the low point in the story things, normally, start looking up for your characters. They find their way out of the labyrinth, or reunite with their long lost love.

They get back up again.

And so should you. Don’t give up on your writing or your dreams of publishing or simply finishing your first novel.

You can do it.

So, sing with me.

Whoa oh oh oh oh, get back up again, whoa oh oh oh oh oh (I’m okay)
Whoa oh oh oh oh
And if you knock knock me over, you knock knock me over
I will get back up again

Writer, dreamer, creative, the world will knock you down. You may knock yourself down. Hey, my kids have basically knocked me over while I was typing this article. But sing like the troll Poppy does (or puppy as my daughter says).

And always get back up again.

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