It’s a new year of new and awaited possibilities, and already I got a head start on some of the writing goals I want to tackle. However, because it’s taken up quite a bit of my head space this week, I decided to make today’s post be the very first Recommended Analyzing piece for the year.
The second day of 2018 saw the release of Michael Dante DiMartino’s Warrior Genius; the second novel of his Geniuses trilogy, which began with 2016’s Rebel Genius. If the name of the author sounds familiar, you might also recognize him as one of the co-creators of the shows “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “The Legend of Korra.” The elements are not the ones being bent this time around, for this is Renaissance-inspired world, artists are incredibly powerful, as they posses Geniuses – creatures that are the living embodiment of one’s creative spirit. When a murderous artist goes after the three Sacred Tools – objects that can allow one who possesses them to destroy the world – it’s up to Giacomo and his friends to stop him.
In the effort of doing press for the book, this week he released a guest post on Hypable on fighting back against resistance – and by resistance he’s specifically referring to it in the forms of writer’s block, procrastination, fear, and of course, Impostor Syndrome. DiMartino goes into detail on how resistance has affected him both during the writing process for the second novel and also with the third novel that he is currently working on. But as you can probably guess, resistance didn’t stop him, as he shares mechanisms to overcoming it. That’s not to say that resistance won’t return. That’s why you must be ready to rise to meet it by continuously creating.
I’m not sure about anyone else, but when I first saw the title for the article, I thought it would have something to do with how the book possibly reflects our current political climate and how the resistance keeps fighting back. That’s what happens when a word becomes so ingrained in the communal vocabulary; its definition becomes associated with a particular example. Also, maybe it’s because this is the second novel DiMartino is doing promotion for, but the title – let alone the context – of the post definitely has an “Empire Strikes Back” thematic vibe to it. It’s true that resistance, regardless of what form it takes, is a cycle. But in the end, it’s all how you fight it that matters. That might sound like a weird sentence to say in the context of the political climate when the resistance are those who are fighting for the ultimate better, but I guess it also can depend on one’s point of view too.
So please give DiMartino’s post a read, for I found it highly enlightening in several ways. While he may have been referring to the difficulties within the creative process, down the line, his advice can also be applied in a wide variety of situations.
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