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Monday, March 4, 2013

Still at Disneyland: Enjoy This Awesome Quote

I'm still at Disneyland.  Turns out seeing a mouse about a thing is kind of tough.  I'll be granted an audience today, I'm sure.  In the meantime, enjoy a totally awesome quote:


‎[Be] willing to write really badly. It won't hurt you to do that. I think there is this fear of writing badly, something primal about it, like: "This bad stuff is coming out of me…" Forget it! Let it float away and the good stuff follows. For me, the bad beginning is just something to build on. It's no big deal. You have to give yourself permission to do that because you can't expect to write regularly and always write well. That's when people get into the habit of waiting for the good moments, and that is where I think writer's block comes from. Like: It's not happening. Well, maybe good writing isn't happening, but let some bad writing happen... When I was writing "The Keep," my writing was so terrible. It was God-awful. My working title for that first draft was, A Short Bad Novel. I thought: "How can I disappoint?"
-- Jennifer Egan

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