4.26.2012

A to Z: Works in Progress

There is neither a proportional relationship, nor an inverse one, between a writer’s estimation of a work in progress and its actual quality. The feeling that the work is magnificent, and the feeling that it is abominable, are both mosquitoes to be repelled, ignored, or killed, but not indulged.
ANNIE DILLARD


This is something I try to remind myself.  Every day.

If you think what you're writing sucks, the answer is to keep going.  If you think it's amazing, the answer is to keep going. The truth is, you can't know what it is.  It's a work in progress.  The only answer is to keep going. 

One month.  26 posts.  A to Z.  (Don't know what I'm talking about?  Check out the Challenge here.)

4 comments:

  1. I've often thought what I wrote was abysmal and occasionally thought it was not bad. I just kept going.

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  2. Funny, my blog's name is Diary of a Writer in Progress. I think our works are always in the midst of getting better because we are always working to get better. The moment we stop, we die. We are a work in progress, always learning from life and experiences. Nice post. =)

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  3. Wow, what a great quote, Jes! You're absolutely right.

    It's hard to not get wrapped up in the emotions, and the self-talk, and the doubts. But a finished piece of junk is still better than an unfinished piece of junk, so -- like you say -- just keep going...

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  4. Preach it!

    And thank you so much for the Dillard quote. Especially,

    'The feeling that the work is magnificent, and the feeling that it is abominable, are both mosquitoes to be repelled, ignored, or killed, but not indulged.'

    Forwarding this post to a couple of my best friends.

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