On Writing

I was talking to a friend of mine this morning about writing, poetry, blogging… She mentioned that she had asked an author she knows whether or not she liked what she herself had written. The answer was “No, not at all.”

Been thinking about that all day. If you don’t like what you write, what makes you think anyone else would, or even want to read it? You’re either assuming (a) that you’re smarter than your readers, or (b) that people will read anything. Neither one is going to endear you to your readers, create any kind of a following, or do anything good for your reputation.

If you don’t like what you’ve written, well, fix it! Edit it, rewrite it, rephrase it, tear it up and start over. You should always be proud of your work; proud to put your name on it. Make it as good as you can, whatever you’re writing, whatever you’re doing.

Take others advice with a grain of salt. Everyone has an opinion on how to do everything, and some carry more weight than others. I’d be more inclined to take writing advice from someone like Stephen King than the person in line behind me at the grocery store. Unless of course the person in line behind me was David Sedaris. Have your own opinion, and follow your heart, your gut, and your instincts. You know the way. Go there.

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4 responses to “On Writing

  1. bersinink

    I so agree-you must create for yourself first, and everything else will follow. Thanks, Emily!

  2. Emily

    Whatever art form you choose to express yourself in should give you pleasure and provide a creative outlet that satisfies your inner self’s need for expression! I’m your biggest fan 🙂

  3. bersinink

    That is the ideal answer-believing yourself to be good, yet always striving to be better. Thanks for adding that.

  4. linelarsen

    I completely agree.

    Perhaps she was simply being bashful? In the past, I could quite often say: “I suck at writing”, though I of course did not feel that way. Today I say: “I am a good writer, but I will do even better later on.” Because both is true, to me, in every way.

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