Found this via Dylan Hearn’s blog Suffolk Scribblings. The ‘secret’ to writing we’ve all been searching for 🙂
When I coach people, there is an ugly truth about writing that I often hold back from them. It’s something you can only learn through gut-wrenching, razor’s edge, shard of broken glass experience.
There is no magic to writing, none at all. It’s nothing but grueling
No magic, no easy formula, no genius algorithm. There is no “secret” that is going to make everybody love your work, buy all your books, tell their friends about you, and get stars in their eyes when they hear your name.
It is simply monotonous, repetitive work.
I recently finished the manuscript for my first novel. For eight years I struggled to finish it. And do you know what finally helped me finish it?
Monotonous, repetitive work.
I did it by sitting down (almost) every day and writing a minimum of 500 words.
Some of those days were pretty good days. I would say…
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