Thursday, January 6, 2011

Aspiring Advice: Write Until It's Right


This post should not be confused with the writer's strike from a couple years back, plus my time is somewhat limited, more than usual, so let's cut to the gritty nitty!

As writers, we feel accomplished after we string a group of words into sentences, paragraphs, pages, chapters, books, trilogies, sagas, and etc (at least I assume we do, so correct me if I'm wrong), but after awhile we tend to look back on our writings and no longer feel satisfied with what we've done. I bring this up as part of what I mentioned on Tuesday, me rereading my WiP. I literally zipped through chapters 1-4, but spent far more time on 5. Why? It sucked! They say you're your own worst critic, so consider mine the Anton Ego of writing.

He's a hard fellow to please, I tell ya :)

But you know what? Don't let that get you down. If it's not working for you anymore, make it work. Move some words around. Add some. Delete some. Write until it's right . . . for you! If your critique group, writing club, agents and editors spot something that doesn't work for them, that's another matter. What matters is you being satisfied with your work, you having fun with it, you challenging yourself and improving. Keep your "Ego" in check and hungry for more of your delicious prose.

So I ask, who is your own worst critic?

I'm David, and too much screen time burns your eyes.


  1. Ha! I love the comparison! My Anton Ego is always scolding me for not having enough "perspective" ;) But I try to keep him down.

  2. Good for you, Julie, and thank you :)