I’ve mentioned Chuck Wendig here before. While he may not be as much of a household name as, say, Steven King, he does a lot of what many rappers claim they are doing: spitting the truth. Writing is hard, it’s a skill and ability that requires investing time and energy to improve. There is a secret, though, to this writing thing. This secret is a general, ephemeral thing, something that can safely be applied to all writers of all genres anywhere in the world.
Right, that’s it. I’ve clipped a different image before, but this one is newer and shiny-er. And mentions a converence.
But about the “rule.” The graphic above is from a recent post (just click the image for the link) where Wendig provides another of his “List of 25” – this time of Motivational Thoughts for Writers. Since we are now in the thick of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this seems like a good thing to share for those that are participating.
To encourage you to slip down the rabbit hole, I offer you this snippet from his list – something that I have struggled with for years.
5. Abuse the Freedom to Suck
Writing is not about perfection — that’s editing you’re thinking of. Editing is about arrangement, elegance, cutting down instead of building up. Editing is Jenga. Writing is about putting all the pieces out there. It’s construction in the strangest, sloppiest form. It’s inelegant. And imperfect. And insane. It’s supposed to be this way. Writing is a first-time bike-ride. You’re meant to wobble and accidentally drive into some rose bushes. Allow yourself the freedom — nay, the pleasure — to suck. This is playtime. (Or, as I call it: “Whiskey and Hookers” time.) Playtime is supposed to be messy.