5/7/12

Ever Evolving Crap

For my Blog me MAYbe I'm to tell you something about writing.  What little I do know about writing is self taught. Since I am not published, (heck, I don't even have an agent...yet) I don't feel "qualified" to dish out advice.  When I do, I maintain I am no expert.  As always my two cents won't buy you much but hopefully it guides you to the answers you need.

No matter what your writing style or education or orientation (I just threw that in there) as writers we all go through the same self-loathing "This is crap!"

And that's a good thing.

I know you're thinking "How can writing crap be good?" It's not the crap you wrote but the fact you recognize your work to be subpar.  We grow as writers, or we should.  You first book sucks worse that your current crap.  Your first draft is for shit but now that your MS has seen a few revisions, it's looking like a viable life force and not some bloody pulp you hacked through the first time around.

Crap evolves from "this will never see the light of day" to "holy bat shit, I might query this sucker!"  And when you've polished your crap until it shines, then send it to CP's and let them point out the skid marks you left behind.  Eventually, when it is all said and done, you WILL no longer have crap but a solid piece of work you are proud of.

So the next time you berate yourself for writing the yuck, pat yourself on the back and say "Good girl, you recognize this needs work.  Now get on it." (If you are a guy you can still say "good girl" if it makes you feel pretty but I don't recommend doing so publicly.)



3 comments :

  1. You speak the truth, grasshopper. It's a pretty great feeling to go back look at early stuff and be able to say, "Who wrote this crap," because you've come so far since then.

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  2. Hear hear!! The crap's got to get out there first. The problem comes with writers thinking their crap is publishable, and a blog and the Kindle makes it oh so easy to put it out there for public viewing.

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  3. Leslie - I can't even go back and look at my first book. It's scary. But if I ever need to remind myself I've grown in my writing, I'll always have it to look at.

    Karen - THose 99c ebooks are SCARY first draft books. I want better for myself, you know. (not saying there aren't some good 99c ebooks out there but not many.)

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