I have been doing the Writers Unite challenge for the last few weeks and I thought I’d give you an update. It’s been a bit of a roller coaster honestly—but I have really enjoyed the ride. It is fantastic to see a group of writers bond together to encourage each other to do the writing that matters. I formed a Facebook group that has 42 amazing members! If you’d like to join, just email me email@example.com.
A couple days ago, I was disappointed with some of my writing. I thought it was terrible. Just absolutely terrible.
Then I thought of this quote.
“There is no great writing, only great rewriting.” Justice Brandeis
Readers don’t care about your writing at any point before you publish.
So go ahead and write garbage.
Write the worst words ever written.
Then edit, edit, edit.
It will take time—often more time than you want to spend—editing.
But that’s okay.
This is how it must be done.
There are no short cuts.
So write garbage, edit it, and make it beautiful.
Then publish it.
What do you do when you feel like you’ve written something terrible? Do you scrap it or edit, edit, edit?