The old adage is true — writing is rewriting. But it takes a kind of courage to confront your own awfulness (and you will be awful) and realize that, if you sleep on it, you can come back and bang at the thing some more, and it will be less awful. And then you sleep again, and bang even more, and you have something middling. Then you sleep some more, and bang, and you get something that is actually coherent. Hopefully when you are done you have a piece that reasonably approximates the music in your head. And some day, having done that for years, perhaps you will get something that is even better than the music in your head. Becoming a better writer means becoming a re-writer. But that first phase is so awful that most people don’t want any part.

328 notes

Show

  1. theanthologist reblogged this from thepoliticalnotebook
  2. tonguetiedheart reblogged this from rebeccakathryn
  3. waltzingwalrus reblogged this from lord-kitschener
  4. maniac-maniac19 reblogged this from thepoliticalnotebook
  5. gillbertbillbert reblogged this from humbleskuxx
  6. um-hell-nope reblogged this from humbleskuxx
  7. cinnamon-posies reblogged this from humbleskuxx
  8. liatapirata reblogged this from humbleskuxx
  9. girlwithatopknot reblogged this from humbleskuxx
  10. humbleskuxx reblogged this from 2uglypeople
  11. 2uglypeople reblogged this from boycrazypatriarchyhater
  12. lux89 reblogged this from creativewritingadelphi
  13. creativewritingadelphi reblogged this from bradleywarshauer
  14. oatmealandcoffee reblogged this from welcometothe-trip
  15. shabaash reblogged this from thepoliticalnotebook
  16. waterl0o-sunset reblogged this from thepoliticalnotebook
  17. themobledqueen reblogged this from thepoliticalnotebook
  18. utastelikesunshinedust reblogged this from rebeccakathryn
  19. torpedoed-again reblogged this from cgsunrise
  20. carlosalonso reblogged this from thepoliticalnotebook
  21. myloveonawire reblogged this from itsonlyyforever
  22. mnemeinmiasma reblogged this from thepoliticalnotebook
  23. bespectaculared reblogged this from alifeofrandomness
  24. mirkwood reblogged this from thepoliticalnotebook
  25. ifyourepartial reblogged this from itsonlyyforever

Blog comments powered by Disqus

']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; (document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0] || document.getElementsByTagName('body')[0]).appendChild(ga); })(); // ]]>