Friday, June 24, 2011
Today I shall write
"Must Read!" Yes! Today the words themselves will be my muse!
Actually I'm probably going to write a whole lot of shit today that will be edited and slashed and rewritten tomorrow, but the above paragraph is how I want to write each day. I wake up with the intention of writing well and when I review it later I wonder what idiot sat at my computer and put that stupid drivel in my book. But that is what the writing process is about. I am sure that there are few authors who are a pleasure to edit. Whose manuscripts are clean and polished and ready for the world. I have had the pleasure of talking to quite a few published authors (some of them even well-known and well-read) who have griped about having to go through the editing process. The authors I follow on Twitter remind me daily that writing is not something we do, but something we perfect. It is a continuous work in progress until it has been printed and delivered to stores. And by that time there is more work to be done on the next book.
So today I most likely will not channel Shakespeare or Goethe or even Austin. Today I will regurgitate a couple thousand words and hopefully they will form some kind of sentence structure and arrange themselves into paragraphs and when I look at it again tomorrow it would look like a two-year old pounded on my keyboard. And I shall be thankful for spellcheck.