Sunday, July 25, 2010
I Give You Permission To SUCK
Yep. My blog topic for the week is... suckage.
And how, as writers, we should embrace it.
Now before everyone gets up in arms thinking I am saying they DO suck. I am not.
First off, I am just talking about your writing, not you. And secondly, I have no idea if your writing sucks or is amazing.
What I am here to say is that I DON'T CARE if it sucks. I still INSIST that you write.
I can't tell you all the writers I talk to on the stream, in DMs, and in life that are petrified and paralyzed by the concept their writing may suck.
So you can imagine the shock and horror of when I way... Um, okay, let's say that it does suck, why is that stopping you from writing?
I mean, I write crap sometimes. Do I want that to end up in the final product, no. Does it sometimes, yep, probably.
Think about it. Who are your FAVORITE authors? Is everything between those covers a sterling piece of work? No. Some of it... wait for it... sucks.
Ok, maybe your absolutely favorite authors don't suck, but go into the bookstore and pick up a random bestseller. I can guarantee you that there is some suckage in there. And even the mighty literary giants have written some really sucky stuff.
What distinguishes an 'aspiring' or struggling writer from a true author is that an author accepts the fact they may SUCK yet KEEPS WRITING.
No one can help you with the story that is stuck in your head. I know it seems all perfect and cozy locked away in there, but it is miserable. Your story wants to come out and play.
And I am hear to tell you that your story would rather be out on paper with major suckage, rather than confined to a life sentence in your brain.
Why? Because even the utterly worst writing in the world... can be improved. Once it is on the page it can be fixed. You can apply structure and style. You can develop your voice. Eventually your writing... won't suck.
Writing has a learning curve that unless you write, you will never complete.
So, accept the fact your writing may suck. Also accept the fact that EVERY other writer in the history of writing has sucked.
Join our illustrious ranks! And WRITE :-)
Ok, I've got to wrap this up... I have writing to do... that may suck. #Iamdownwiththat
Until next week!
P.S. Yes, I wrote crap while writing Plain Jane, and the 7 other books I have written. And yes, some people that read it may feel some of that suckage still exists on the page.
Okay, um #awkward, but I'm not going to let that effect how I promote the thriller or in writing the sequel.
Writers, write and in writing, they improve :-)
If you want to sample 50 pages of Plain Jane for free to witness the ratio of suckage to absolute brilliance, click here!