because we all write bad, at least sometimes: some advice

Saturday, March 23, 2013

You want to hold onto those words. They took so much of your time—time you didn't have, time you stole—and besides, you liked them once. You were proud of them. You thought they did the trick.

Newsflash: They don't. And also: The story doesn't work. And also: Where were your ears? Were they not hearing your poor patterns, your stiff prose? Sure you have excuses (didn't you just say you had no time?), but nobody who reads your bad book will care. Nobody saw you sweating for time.

Do not think a little fix here or there will suffice. Do not count the hours you've already spent. The only thing that matters is the book you finally share.

Make it one you love because that's the only shot you have of somebody else loving it, too.

Do not compromise.

Start again.

This week, Beth Kephart started again.


Becca said...

You are so brave.

patti.mallett_pp said...

You gave me chills with your wise (yet terrifying), words - it's so hard, but hard doesn't mean wrong.

Yes - we Must LOVE what we write. And toss the rest.


patti.mallett_pp said...

WHEN are stopping the blog???

Jennifer R. Hubbard said...

"This week, Beth Kephart started again."

So did Jennifer. :-)

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Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

This is such a beautiful post, Beth. I love it so much I've had it in my Tabs for more almost two weeks. Perfectly said. So true. Thank you.

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