Thank you, Rebecca T. Dickson, for reminding me (and other writers) that writing is not all shiny and the writing life is not easy, but if you love it, you will endure. Rebecca’s post is from 2013, but the points she makes still hit home. I really had to laugh at these 3 because I am guilty! Very guilty. (But working on it.)
• The words and phrases you repeat will change over time.
• The habit of repeating shit will not.
If we don’t laugh at ourselves – and don’t recognize our shortcomings – we will never get better at what we do. As Rebecca notes, our first manuscripts will be rough. “Your later work, in its early drafts, will still suck… You may never feel good about what you write. Write anyway.”
And to end this post, a quote from Shannon Hale: “I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.”
Have a great week!
¹This old post of mine from 2012, in which I’d written about cleaning out those offenders, made me laugh when I re-read the line about the Crusade “novella.” Ha! And Mark Rogers has me writing a trilogy! (Okay – I have sort of admitted that I’m making plot notes about book 3.)
Hello world! We woke up to a couple of inches of snow this morning in Kansas and frigid – actually, winter – temperatures. What a concept! I love the winter. Love snow. But when temperatures remain in the 60s-70s consistently from October through December, it’s hard to take that day they suddenly plummet to 5°F. Add the wind and we’re dipping into sub-zero temps. Can you say BRRRRR?
ON TO THE BLOG WORLD HIGHLIGHTS
Well of course we have articles to recommend. It’s Thursday, right?
The New World of Publishing: Goals and Dreamsvia Dean Wesley Smith.
He has a list of what you need to be a professional writer. Point #4: “The hunger to keep learning writing craft and the knowledge you will never be good enough.”
Okay – time for me to head to writers group. They’ll get a dose of my 12th century crusaders novel and we’ll share the bottle of wine I’m bringing. I do believe a little celebration is in order, don’t you? First novel published!! Whew!