Does your writing process journey you to places that never existed?
You’re not alone. The exclusive journey to an unknown abyss or incredible adventure, is why ‘true’ writers write. Before you know it, thousands of words form in front of you and it’s ten past midnight two days later. What a magical experience.
But being a writer is also a hard, tedious, and often exhausting life. The process of creating can be as destructive to the soul as it is incredible. This bitter-sweet experience stems from the writer’s inability to choose to write. Rather, the need to create is innate, unstoppable, and sometimes (particularly from an outsider’s perspective) downright cruel.
But regardless of the writer you consider yourself to be, there seems to be a consistent thought among those who write professionally.
Discard what you think you know about writing and contemplate the harsh but true advice from some of the literary greats wanting to indulge your melancholy just a little bit further.
1. Notice how many of the Olympic athletes effusively thanked their mothers for their success? “She drove me to my practice at four in the morning,” etc. Writing is not figure skating or skiing. Your mother will not make you a writer. My advice to any young person who wants to write is: leave home. –Paul Theroux
2. The first draft of everything is shit. – Ernest Hemingway
3. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. – George Orwell
4. I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide. – Harper Lee
5. You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. – Jack London
6. If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time — or the tools — to write. Simple as that. – Stephen King
7. There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. – W. Somerset Maugham
8. If writing seems hard, it’s because it is hard. It’s one of the hardest things people do. – William Zinsser
9. Prose is architecture, not interior decoration. – Ernest Hemingway
10. Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. – Oscar Wilde
11. Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that — but you are the only you. – Neil Gaiman
12. You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. – Ray Bradbury