You don’t start out writing good stuff

Butler had it right, I think. I can’t teach myself creativity, or give myself talent–but I can teach myself craft, hope I have talent, and enjoy the process of writing.

My only hope is persistence, so here I go for a day of wrestling with the Muse.

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Happy writing, folks!

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  1. Janna

    I'm reading Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, and she states the same thing as Butler. I'm looking forward to lots of practice in April.

  2. sue

    Just popping by to say Hi for the A-Z challenge.
    Now I'm off to try to get a bit more prepared than last year 🙂

  3. mish

    Wow! It's only the second day of sign-ups and when I checked the linky, the number already stands at 360…
    It seems like the challenge has already taken on a life of its own!
    Let the party begin!

  4. KarenG

    That's a great quote, and I believe every word of it. I really struggle with the persistence. Trying to get over that.

  5. Markus Orlyus

    Very nice. Reminds me of "She was maintaining the prime truth of woman, the universal mother: that if a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly." from What's Wrong with the World by GKC, the patron saint of underachievers! Thank you for the encouragement.

    I want to do the Rule of Three! sorry I missed it, but I will do it on my own just for the practice.

    Goodonya, damyanti!

  6. Rick G

    Feh! Nonsense I say. I am like the Midas of writing. All words I spew forth are gold! Heck, I expect to win the Pulitzer from this blog comment alone. 🙂


  7. Nicole Ducleroir

    This is the hardest challenge I face in my writing. I've always been such an anal short story writer, and first drafts took days but ended up needing very little revision. Now, as I tackle my first novel, I HAVE.GOT.TO embrace the fast, messy, crappy first draft. Because using my short fiction tactic will result in a first draft that will take about two decades to write.