27.2.08

BLOCKED

Memoir writer (and long-time Bust contributor) Janice Erlbaum had a great post on her blog last week about being 'blocked' as a writer. Course, if you've read any "get-off-yr-ass-and-write,-bitch" books at all then it'll be familiar territory to you, but it's still kind of inspiring to read a paragraph like this:

Because the worst writer is the one who never writes at all, and you’re never going to get better without practice. So stop judging yourself and start writing, and don’t reread a word of it until you’re got fifty pages finished. If you fear disappointment, then recognize your ambition – “I want to be published, damn it,” or, “I want to win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay” – then recognize that your worst fear is already realized, because you’re not getting published or winning an Oscar right now, and you’ve got no shot at it until you write something.

Right, I'm off to get that tattooed backwards on my forehead. Bye now!

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