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.
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.
Many thanks to our awesome co-hosts, who will further elucidate valuable lessons here: