On Writing

Sucking (Writing) a Little Every Day

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: “You must write every day!”

I hear it every time I read an author interview, when I read a book on writing, or when watching a Youtube video featuring a prominent writing figure.

No exceptions! You have to write at least a little bit every day.

I’m trying to ease my way into that habit.

I love writing so, truth be told, it isn’t that difficult.

What is difficult is making myself stop reading the previous sentence I just typed and thinking “Oh my God, this is awful.”

That’s how I get stuck on most days. Every line I write is awful and somewhere out there, there is a thirteen year-old that just finished their first novel on Wattpad and is going to be an overnight international sensation. Warner Brothers will buy the rights to their movies and they will be cemented as the greatest young writers of their time.

Don’t look at me like that. That’s totally a thing that happens.

Regardless, I’m going to try to keep at it.

I will suck a little bit every day until I stop.

Nothing is preventing me from moving forward except for myself. Namely, my love for all that is good and literary.

Still, statistically, it has to get better.

9 thoughts on “Sucking (Writing) a Little Every Day”

  1. Try not to concern yourself with the ‘rules’ of writing or comparisons with what other people are doing. If you are enjoying what you are doing and doing it for yourself then I would say that you have nothing to worry about.

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    1. I try to think of them more as guidelines than actual rules lol. I look at what other people have done and see if it works for me. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t. I think writing every day is good advice on the whole. It forces people (me) to press past their insecurities and just work. Especially when you’re a master of procrastination as I am lol.

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      1. Fair point. It is good to take inspiration from the works of others. Procrastination is also something that I am unfortunately too well versed in. Here’s to hoping it is something we eventually come to be lesser in definition.

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  2. I used to be just like that – every sentence fell under a mountain of scrutiny, until it became nearly crippling and a small paragraph was all I had to show for my efforts. Then it became two sentences… then a paragraph. Now I make a deal with myself : not to re-read/edit until I’ve finished the section I’m working on, or have written a page. I feel so much happier about writing now, because I can see progress, and discovered that I’m finally getting what has been rattling around in my head on to paper. Granted it took a while to get to a point where every word had to be perfect. to now it’s about getting the idea out, because you can always revise to get it right. I had to reach a point where my desire to get the idea out surpassed the need to have the best possible version written on the page at first go… Maybe my theme son should’ve been “Let it go?” ;P

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