I read this post over the weekend, when I was in one of those moods during which I think that all my attempts at fiction writing are terrible, I’ll never publish anything that people want to read, and that I should just give up on writing altogether. Yeah, not very pleasant thoughts. My theory is that all writers have them at least every once in a while.
Anyway, novelist Chuck Wendig wrote a blog post featuring tweets from actual published, successful writers. Basically, these writers said:
- You have to write a lot to get decent at writing.
- Different books can take different lengths of time to write (even if they’re roughly the same amount of words).
- Everyone has written those bad books that are never published. This isn’t a bad thing because you’re still learning and most people never write ANY books. Even a bad book is still a book.
- There’s no such thing as overnight success. See the first point.
- Finish your work! An idea for a novel doesn’t do anyone any good. A manuscript does.
That’s what I got from the post, anyway. I’m sure I missed some stuff, so you ought to go read it. Tweets are short by nature, so it doesn’t take long to read through.