“The first draft of anything is shit.” — Ernest Hemingway
These are words to live by for any author, whether they are a beginner or an elite. The first draft of anything that you put down on paper is going to suck. Regardless of how amazing you might thing what you’ve written is, the first thing you’re going to have to realize is that there is a strong possibility that what you’ve just written is lousy. it’s lousy, and it needs to be fixed. Terribly. Unfortunately, a number of people do not realize this about their writing. They honestly feel that their writing is perfect and does not need any polishing whatsoever. Those are usually the people who need the most help. If you realize that not everything you do is perfect, you’re on your way to becoming a writer.
“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well.” — Stephen King
When one first sets out to become a writer, they often think that all they need is a killer idea and an amazing novel and they’ll be rubbing elbows with the Hollywood A-list and the literary elite. But the truth of the matter is, there is no money in writing. Northampton Community College English professor Javier Ávila said to his creative writing class that if you’re writing for someone who is not you, you will never be a successful writer.
“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” —- George Orwell
The demon that Orwell spoke of, of course, is the writer’s Muse. More often than not, our Muses are impossible to silence, no matter how are we try. And what’s worse? Our Muses will often tell us more than one story at a time. Sometimes they use the same characters, and sometimes they try and create totally new personas for you to either integrate into a new story, or to write into the own works, so you have more than one WIP at a time.
“I do not over-intellectualize the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.” — Tom Clancy
Mr. Clancy’s got an excellent point. Keep it simple, stupid. That’s a phrase we’ve all heard once or twice, isn’t it. The more you try to sound extremely intelligent, the less intelligent you start to sound. Not everyone reads at a doctoral level, so don’t write at that level. The more people you can reach with your writing, the happier you will be, and the more you will validated in your life’s work.
All quotes are taken from WritersDigest.com.