“I joined writer’s clubs, short story classes, where we sat around and read each other’s efforts. It was terrible. It was a never-ending run on a runaway treadmill. The more I tried to conform to the formula the more hopeless it all appeared. I lost all hope; I reached the point where I no longer cared what people thought about my writing. And that is when I began to write.
“I wrote for ten years before I sold a line. During this period I discovered encouragement, many times, is a lot worse than discouragement. Only by reaching the depths of depression can you find the courage to go on.”
–Charles Willeford, “Writing as an Art”
Charles Willeford on Words and Writing
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I copied and pasted that first quote to save. Inspiring and a half.ReplyDelete
mega - mega - mega!ReplyDelete
Oh, yeah, I know that feeling well.ReplyDelete
And you can feel the pain in every word.ReplyDelete
"I lost all hope; I reached the point where I no longer cared what people thought about my writing. And that is when I began to write."ReplyDelete
Wow, let's put that on a tee shirt, or a poster.
If you do put it on either, count me in as your first customer!ReplyDelete
I never really thought of it that way but I can see his point.ReplyDelete
I'm not a serious writer, and I can't say I ever felt the way Willeford describes, but I have noticed that when I wrote for someone else's good opinion I'm less happy with the end result. I feel like I'm compromising what I want to say just to get a little praise. OTOH, I'm young yet. Maybe I'll learn better.ReplyDelete
"...I reached the point where I no longer cared what people thought about my writing. And that is when I began to write."
I'll keep these words in mind.