Thursday, April 27, 2017

Writing Advice Du Jour

There are days when you simply cannot find the right words to express what you want to say. How does one cope with that?

By writing the wrong words.

Write down as much as you can, as best you can, despite the fact that it comes out lousy. You can always rewrite. And you will. As many times as it takes to turn what you've written into something adequate.

Writers who rely on inspiration find that the muse visits at longer and longer intervals until one day they realize that she's never coming back again. The only way to avoid that is to write whether you're inspired or not. The muse will drop by eventually, just to lecture you on how you've gotten it wrong..

I'd be ashamed to let you see what my first drafts look like.



TheOFloinn said...

"First get it written, then get it right."

Michael Swanwick said...

Your version is superior to mine in every way save word count.

Unknown said...

Good advice. It's always so hard when you only see polished, complete stories. I always imagine it flows like liquid gold from other writers0

TheOFloinn said...

It's something that David Hartwell said to me once. I don't know if it was original with him. Someone once asked Hemingway what was the hardest part about writing and he answered, "Getting the words right."