Monday, November 4, 2013

The Only Writing Advice You'll Ever Need


I remember when I was young and unpublished.  I was happy with the first part of that situation but not the second, so I was always writing and always looking for a shortcut to success.

What I found is that there is none.  You write, day in and day out, whether you feel like it or not.  Eventually, if you have the potential, you become good enough to be published.

That obligation, to write whether you want to or not, never goes away.

Case in point:  I really don't feel like writing today.  And I really, really, really don't feel like writing a blog post.  But here I am.  Because that's what it takes.

Chop wood, carry water.  That's all the writing advice you'll ever need.

Above:  My office.  It's astonishing how much clutter I'm not showing you.



Lindsay Harris Friel said...

Thank you. I needed that.

feminist writer said...

Wow, thank you. My son posted this on FB so that I (a writer) would see it. THANK YOU!!! I definitely needed that kick in the backside. :)

HANNAH'S DAD said...

> Chop wood, carry water. That's all the writing advice you'll ever need.

I recently came across "When there is no wind, row", which does the trick for me.

Don Webb said...

You are correct. After writing for 30 years, I agree