“…I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid. You do that every single day. And soon you have a wall.” Will Smith. Photo: http://i.imgur.com/GWyd8sE.jpg
To be a good writer, you have to write a whole goddamn lot.
So, that’s your first empty checkbox. Are you writing?
Chuck Wendig, http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2014/04/22/the-full-time-writer/
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
Building new stuff every day is hard. Coming up with new concepts can be exhausting and switching from brainstorming mode to execution mode isn’t seamless. But the hardest thing about this project is that, in a sense, every day I fail. […] The thing is, the way forward is not to keep tinkering and tweaking to make something perfect. The way forward is to move on to the next concept and build it.
Jennifer Daywalt, I’m Learning To Code By Building 180 Websites In 180 Days
To achieve perfection in writing while retaining naturalness it was important to write a great deal, to write fluently, as the pianist practices the piano, rather than to correct constantly one page until it withers.