The True Secret of Writing

by | Jun 3, 2012 | Blog | 10 comments

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

Wouldn’t it be nice to discover the actual, honest to goodness, true secret of writing? Natalie Goldberg even teaches a workshop by that title. I attended it and while I found it extremely helpful, it wasn’t a total fix. I’m not sure there is a secret. See, writing is a moving target. Each time I come up with a plan, it works for a while then stops. Today’s solution is tomorrow’s waste of time.

Right now, it’s working if I focus on quantity, not quality. I gave the book about my father and I (working title MEMORIAL) to a literary consultant. She gave it back covered in questions. Three hundred and nine questions to be precise. If I thought about all 309 questions at once, I would scream. Instead, I’m allowing myself to work one question at a time. If I finish three questions in a session, that’s huge. And I don’t worry about the quality of what I’m writing. It’s all about quantity. For now, this is working. When it stops working or when I finish question 309, I’ll come up with another strategy.

What’s working for you right now? I’d love to hear about it.

Subscribe to list
SUBSCRIBE to Write Now Columbus

To receive Write Now Columbus via email every month, SIGN UP HERE! Your information will be kept confidential.

Email Address *
First Name *
Last Name *
How'd you hear about us?



Verified by MonsterInsights