Writing’s low-cost-of-entry makes it the perfect low-risk creative activity …and therein lies the danger.
If you are investing nothing in your writing, what’s to stop you giving up when it gets hard?
Think of StoryADay May as the parent who made you play scales between piano lessons; the coach who inspired you throw endless pitches at the side of your house in the evenings; the teacher who made you do fractions over and over and over again until it finally clicked and you started to see the music between the numbers.
I got better at closing the gap between my hand and my head by clocking in the hours, stacking up the pages.
Ann Patchett, http://storyaday.org/quantity/
The reason the Bills, Steves, John-Paul-George-and-Ringoes and Yo-Yo Mas of the world “work” so hard to become world-class at what they do, is precisely because they don’t see it as “work”. They love what they do.
Most of us are full up with bad stories, boring stores, self-indulgent stories, searing works of unendurable melodrama. We must get all of them out of our system in order to find the good stories
You must be willing to believe that writing can be taught….you must believe that you can absorb these lessons and put them into practice.
You will grow and change as a writer as long as you keep doing…and every stage is going to require more learning, more inspiration and new heroes.
Commit to learning about your craft for as long as you are doing it…
The only way to learn how to write is to write.
Write, finish, write some more.
I could feel guilty about deserting my family when I feel the need to write. Or I can celebrate my awesomeness as a mother who cares enough about them to teach them the life skills they will need when I eventually kick them out of my house
The more frequently you write and finish a story, the more you’ll get a sense for how to pace yourself and your story. Don’t waste time on backstory or explaining anything at the beginning. Jump in half way through and unpack the story as you go. Some of it will be terrible, some of it you will learn from and some of it might even be quite good.