Advice in the Hands of the Wordsmiths


Sit down, write. It's that easy.

Sit down, write. It’s that easy.

Scanning Reddit and found this delightful link where inspiring authors give us the basics on their hands.

If there’s anything to be said about the process and persistence, it’s said here with the Rothfuss palm right in your face.

The idea’s simple – keep going. Gaiman starts it off in his own pithy way: Write, Finish, Keep Writing.

Why is that so hard for us? I mean that’s all it is – write, read, keep writing.

Where’s the issue?

Yet most of us (those “aspiring” authors) fill our days conveying to others that we like/love to write, and (at the same time) when we actually have the time (and we know when we do), we find excuses for not writing. I saw something once that said something to the extent of “a professional writer is just an amateur who never gave up.”

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That’s basically what it comes down to, isn’t it?

I’ve been working on a story for a little over a month (something beginning with the Sanderson online writing course and, admittedly, I’ve just found myself trudging to continue. It’s not something that will be short either. It’s going to take some time. The voices in my head have been filling me with some encouraging things like: “Dude, seriously, why?” “This story blows and you know it.” “Okay, let’s break this down, A: no one’s going to read this, ever. B: refer to Point A.” et cetera.

I have been pretty close to dropping it and just starting something new. But that has been many of my projects in the past – start, nah, stop, something new, repeat. But you know what? That’s not the cycle to go with. That’s not going to yield results. One of the trademarks of strong writers is that they write, and they keep writing. None of it really has anything to do with getting published or being famous. Those things are very likely and fantastic byproducts of this persistence, but in the end, the limelight (like all things) always moves along to another. True writers don’t write to get famous (not that they don’t want to or don’t enjoy it when they do – it’s certainly a wonderful goal to shoot for, but it’s not everything). They write because that’s what writers do.

Whether it sucks, or it’s pure literary bliss. Whether it’s long or short, rich or empty, two-dimensional or lifelike, the truth is, to be a writer, and to live your passion in this real, you just have to keep reminding yourself of the simplicity of it all.

It’s the simple Rothfuss bitch-slap: Sit your ass down, and write.

 

That’s Pat. I needed that.

 

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