I stumbled upon this inspirational piece for writers via the New York Times‘s “Paper Cuts” blog:
“Advice for the lovelorn…I mean writers,” by Marisa Silver. She starts out with a list of 10 tips for the lovelorn then translates those for writers. Among the highlights:
1. Your work will bother you. It will follow you around like an annoying little brother, pinching you every so often, even when you want to be doing other things with other people.
6. The only way to write fiction that will take someone else by surprise is to let your work take you by surprise too. Get lost. Be scared. Have no idea where you’re headed.
9. Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite.
10. Your work will often look horrible and embarrassing.
Read the whole piece here.
I’m going to print these out and post them over my desk at home!
And interesting side discovery: “The Elegant Variation” blog itself. Worth checking out!
–Posted by Cyndi Hughes