That’s it. Everything else is meaningless. You can take all the classes in the world and read every book on the craft out there, but at the end of the day, writing is sorta like dieting. There are plenty of stupid fads out there and charlatans promising quick fixes, but if you want to lose weight, you have to exercise more and eat less. Period. Every writer has 10,000 pages of shit in them, and the only way your writing is going to be any good at all is to work hard and hit 10,001.
Wonderful advice, isn’t it? If you’re a Redditor, go give the OP some karma love, won’t you?
Agreed; Stephen King said the same in his book On Writing - admittedly, he said a writer should read and write as much as possible (and likely doing much more of the former than the latter) but still the sentiment is there - enough with the workshops, classes, and other ‘ancillary stuff’ and just SIT DOWN AND WRITE.
King even goes so far as recommend a regimen - 1000 words a day, EVERY DAY; if you get it done in a couple hours? Great. If it takes you all evening, oh well - but GET THOSE WORDS WRITTEN.
…and it doesn’t matter if it’s crap; that’s what revision, rewrites and editing are for. But without something to edit, you CAN’T trim away the chaff and expose the wheat.
You’ll never find gold until you get a pile of mud in your pan.
So start writing and metaphorically scoop up a handful of mucky stuff from the river bed - you never know…there might be a shiny nugget hiding in it…
Question: Would you feel comfortable trusting your life to the piloting skills of Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of metal legends Iron Maiden pictured at right? Because that’s what a couple of hundred people desperate to get out of New York City since being stranded there by Hurricane Irene are going to do later today.
The 53-year-old rocker is set to fly one of the first flights out of New York City following the devastation of Hurricane Irene.
The singer/songwriter will fly 200 passengers from Newark airport in New Jersey to Reykjavik for budget airline, Iceland Express, in the Boeing 757 used by the band during their recent world tour.
The plane, which was leased to the band by charter airline Astraeus who Bruce regularly flies for, is complete with the Iron Maiden logo and their famous mascot, Eddie, who has appeared on almost all of the band’s album and single covers as well as in their live shows.
So this is the plane Dickinson will fly them out on…
I have to admit, that’s pretty bada$s. Almost worth being stranded for a few days for.
Wow; best part is, this isn’t the first time he’s flown ‘relief flights’ for people stranded - 200-ish UK citizens in Lebanon in ‘06 when the Israel/Hezbolah fighting got bad and again in ‘08 with another planeload of UK holiday-goers stuck in Egypt after their chartered airline went tits up.
He’s really getting a habit going with that - must be handy being the Marketing Director of that airline he flies for; he can easily spin this as good P.R. for Astraeus (heck, I’m savvy to the spin, and I still like them more for this :) )
“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.”—