Musical Influence No. 4: “Satisfaction”

        Mick Jagger and Keith Richards may not have been thinking about the writing process when they wrote “Satisfaction,” but in many ways they summed up what the writing process has been for me lately.  As I continue writing my book, I can’t help but think of The Rolling Stones singing:

“I can’t get no satisfaction
I can’t get no satisfaction
‘Cause I try and I try and I try and I try
I can’t get no, I can’t get no”

        They, of course, were referring to a different kind of frustration, but the parallels to the agony of the writing process are all I can think about currently.  Indeed, I can “get no satisfaction” when it comes to writing my book.  The problem that I have is that my brain never stops polishing the story.  One day I’ll write what I think are perfectly good pages.  Then, inevitably, the next day a new idea will pop into my head.  As a result, I’ll have to go back and change my outline and the story.  Every once in awhile, I have to throw out perfectly good pieces of writing because they no longer fit into the grand scheme.  I suppose that is what the writing process is all about: polishing everything until “you get what you need.”  OK, I couldn’t help but add in another Rolling Stones reference.  In the long run, I know that all of the agony is for the best.  Sometimes, though, I wish my brain would take a break and stop trying to fix things that I didn’t even realize were problems.  Of course, if my brain did that I probably wouldn’t be a writer.  I’ll just have to live with the nervous breakdowns for now (I had to add in another reference for good measure)….  Enjoy the “Satisfaction” video below: