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I heard that Norman Mailer never, ever, looked at his published books in a bookstore. He couldn’t turn to one page without finding something he wanted to change.
Writers Are Rewriters, as we all know. Rewriting is as essential as dreaming.
I was thinking of my last post on Writing Your Highlights. It didn’t really say what I felt, not deeply enough. More precise ways of expressing how I was feeling at a writer’s conference I attended flooded my mind. I grabbed them, elusive little things. Jotted them down. Good. These words were closer to the pulse of that moment. Not perfect, by any means. But closer. I may try this again and again.
Writer and speaker Kate Messner’s keynote. Oh, the writer’s angst. “I’m not good enough. Everybody else is getting it right. Too many manuscript rejections. Failure.” No, no, she said. Showing up to write is an act of courage. “Fail fast” and dance on. Savor that private moment to celebrate finishing a sentence, a paragraph. I found myself wiping tears off my cheeks. Don’t be so emotional, Cynthia. But to the left of me, the right of me, in front and behind me many creative souls were wiping tears too. Kate Messner touched a deep chord.
Writer and speaker Kate Messner’s keynote.
Oh, the writer’s angst. “I’m not good enough. Everybody else is getting it right. All these manuscript and query rejections.”
I saw a collective look of recognition cross the faces of many of us in the audience.
But think of this, she said. Showing up to write is an act of courage. Finishing a sentence, a paragraph, is a writing triumph. She stopped and looked hard at all of us. “Savor that private moment and celebrate it.” Celebrate it hard.
I wiped tears off my cheeks. I glanced to the left, right and in front of me. We were most of us wiping tears. We want this so much.
Happy Rewriting Everyone,
Here we are–rewriting.
Thanks for sharing this Cynthia! Many of us do fail, but you have to pick yourself back up and move on. Life is about learning and we all learn from our mistakes. I can’t tell you how many times I have hated something I wrote. Now two of my stories are now award winning. 🙂
Denise you are an inspiration!
Ahhh, the trouble we bring to ourselves, the lack of trust in our work. But it seems to me that if we drop that sense of “it’s not good enough” and put the phrase into “I’m learning and growing every time I pick up my pencil or touch the computer keys”,we will find ourselves growing and learning. Maybe that’s the part we must remember?