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Oh how fast the first Wednesday of the month rolls around! Every month, Alex announces a question that IWSG members can include in their post.

Pffffft. I use the question for the basis of my post, because every question he poses gives me fodder to go on and on and on . . . .   And possibly, I’m a bit reluctant to blab about my insecurities, which are more likely to be fodder for a mental health professional. Or wine night. One of those.

To wit, the July 5 Question:

What is one valuable lesson you’ve learned since you started writing?

Two words. BICFOK or BICHOK. Butt in chair, fingers on keyboard. Or, butt in chair, hands on keyboard.

I say tomato, you say tomahtoe. It’s all the same.

typewriter stormy night

Sit down and write the damn thing.

More eloquently, I offer the following inspiration:

“If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.” – Margaret Atwood

“Don’t be paralyzed by the idea that you’re writing a book. Just write.” – Isabelle Allende

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” ― Stephen King

“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” – Terry Pratchett

“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.” ― Neil Gaiman

Yes. It’s that easy, and that hard. And that’s the most valuable lesson I’ve learned.

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9 Responses to I Say BICFOK, You SAY BICHOK

  1. That Neil Gaiman quote is one of my favorites. I think a lot of non-writers really do think it’s that easy.

    • Lee says:

      Indeed. I love it when I get remarks from non-writers who can’t understand why I don’t have a finished manuscript. How hard can it be?

  2. Good quotes! My preferred version is BICFOKTAM (typing away madly), because I’m quite capable of sitting there motionless, perhaps drooling, as my undisciplined mind wanders hither and yon. Coffee helps.

    • Lee says:

      Ooh – good point! I’ve been known to do that, too. But I do love it when the typing is “madly” because then I’m in the zone.

  3. That’s really hard to not want perfection. Might take some of that wine to get over it.

  4. Lee says:

    Oh, I so want that perfection. And I’m definitely taking your advice! Congrats on the kudos from WD – well deserved.

  5. jmh says:

    True. It’s a necessary evil, that BICFOK. Without it, we’d be robbed of a lot of great books.

    • Lee says:

      Exactly! As writers, we are so impatient. We know the first draft won’t be anywhere near perfect and yet . . . we let that imperfection hold us back from getting the story down on paper. I especially appreciate Terry Pratchett’s quote on that point – it is taped above my writing station.

      • jmh says:

        It’s great when you find quotes that truly resonate with you. For me, my go-to is Stephen King. He’s said so many things that ring true.