Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
William Goldman said: “It is not writing, it is re-writing.”
Hemingway said: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down to a typewriter and bleed.”
Trying to pull words out of the ethos is fraught with so many subtle complexities. Each pass at writing copy or any kind of written content requires a review in multiple states of mind. In each of these states of mind, one finds oneself in a different perspective, and with each change in perspective, comes a new slant in copy.
Having written content for so many decades, I think the joy that I discovered in taking a tiny slice of my morning to communicate about one particular theme is a great departure from everything that I am espousing above. Setting a deadline to have one of these produced every day and keeping it brief, relevant, and hopefully informational, allows me to ignore the perpetual rewrite syndrome and try my best to make one single thought come to fruition in the shortest amount of words.
But, to create any kind of significant writing (which these morning musings most certainly are not), the continuous reshaping, reimagining, rethinking is both a trial and tribulation for the writer.
One of my favorite quotations from Stephen King showed up on a poster when books on tape were brand new. I’ve never forgotten it.
“ I have the mind of a small child.
I keep it in a jar on my desk.”
As someone who has written the tag phrase on more movie posters than I can count, I really loved this particular one because of the double entendre and because it is so on brand for Stephen King.
I hope your Tuesday is off to a magical start🌟