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Embrace the Suck

October 31, 2008  Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: The Craft   3 Comments

Ken calls it “Embrace the Draft“, I am less nice about it. I call it “Embrace the Suck“, and the concept is to push past your natural tendency to over-criticize your efforts and stop writing. Instead of stopping, push onward. Finish the novel. Starting over is not going to make you a better writer. Doing what you said—when you said you would do it by—will.

A finished pile of crap is a monumental milestone. In a direct crap-to-crap comparison, the completed crap is better than your only a single chapter crap.

I’m overexaggerating, of course. Your work is not crap. Even if it is, the learning process of finishing a manuscript cannot be denied. Now you can go back and polish that sucker! Whatever you do, don’t. Stop. Writing.

3 comments on: Embrace the Suck

  1. Ken Kiser November 1, 2008 at 1:55 am

    A page written is far better than a page merely thought about.

    I’m embracing the suck every day.

  2. Anthony November 1, 2008 at 9:23 am

    Ken: Yesterday I was more wallowing than embracing. Heuh.

    I commend efforts in this area, however. Many people say they are going to do something, and then not do it or do not do it by the time they said they would.

    I know of this all too well in my line of work.

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