What makes you think you’re so special?

10 Aug

I’ve been in writer forums, workshops, blogs and more, and invariably there is someone who says something like this:

“I want to write, but I’m afraid to write a bad story.”

One… no you don’t, or you’d be writing.
Two… why the hell do you think you’re so special?

Stephen King writes for years in the corner of his living room before he finally produces something worth selling. But you’re going to produce awesome prose on the first try?

Do you know how many times an author re-writes, re-vamps, throws out, and tries again… on the same project?

But you’re special. Right? Whatever comes out of your head must be perfect and wonderful the first time or you’re not going to write.

Let’s look at it from the view of an author who writes, puts out, and publishes a book, or several books. I’ve labored for hours, months, and possibly years to produce this book. I’ve tortured myself about what to write on that page, or who to kill on that page. I’ve lost sleep because of deadlines, skipped dinners, and missed out on fireworks… all to finish a novel.

And it sucked. The first draft was horrible. The second draft less so, and the third draft finally started to look like something worth publishing.

But you…. you think you should be special and everything out of your hands should be pure bliss to read?

I think it’s time for you to re-evaluate what it is that you really want. Do you want to write? If so, WRITE! That is all you can do. It will probably suck. People might laugh. So. If you are writing because that is what is inside you to do then none of that matters.

Unless you are Motzart, Pascal, Akrit Jaswal, or John von Neumann, you’re going to have to fumble and screw up just like the rest of us poor mortals.

I wasn’t a prodigy. I write. I suck sometimes. But I still pick up that keyboard and write.

What’s your excuse?


Posted by on August 10, 2013 in On Writing


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4 responses to “What makes you think you’re so special?

  1. Buddy Gott

    August 12, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Fantastic posting! Now, I’ve got to go and write. 🙂

    • CrissyMoss

      August 13, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Lol, I went and finished two chapters after writing that. Hope it inspired you too.

  2. scantan

    August 13, 2013 at 12:22 am

    I think it stems from people misunderstanding what writers do. Everyone has that picture of a writer at a typewriter, he/she writes “THE END” and then sends it straight off to be published 🙂

    Or, even more so, on TV they often show people writing for a page then crumpling it up and throwing away, going back to start again from scratch. If you did that, you’d never progress 🙂

    • CrissyMoss

      August 13, 2013 at 9:59 am

      Exactly. How do you get anywhere with anything if all you do is throw the beginnings away?

      Now, there are definitely times you need to throw it away, or set it aside. But they are rarer then you’d thing.


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