Tips on Tuesday: Writing vs. NOT Writing!

Easy as A, B, C . . . from BB

In an interview with author Anna Quindlen (Still Life with Bread Crumbs), I read some excellent advice for writers in Easter Sunday’s Edition of Parade Magazine. Asked if she’d ever had writer’s block, she answered “Some days I fear writing dreadfully, but I do it anyway. I’ve discovered that sometimes writing badly can eventually lead to something better. Not writing at all leads to nothing.”

And isn’t that the truth? Bad writing is better than no writing. It’s easy to “fix” something which is not perfect. It’s impossible to fix the unwritten word. I try to keep that in mind when I’ve hit a bump in the road. Occasionally, I find it helpful to move to a different part of the project: for instance, do some edits on a different part, or even on another project, which has already gone through some critiques. Or make an outline or notes on a future project idea which won’t leave me alone.

The key here is to GO BACK to the original project and write something new, even if it isn’t exactly the way you imagined it in your head to begin with. Give yourself the gift of something to work on. Maybe it will become the start of a new character, or an interesting complication you hadn’t thought of before. Or a change of voice (that’s a trick that SAVED one of my recent projects).

The absolute KEY: Just keep writing! ! !

See you next for Thinkin’ on Thursday!

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