When people ask me what I do, and then I tell them I’m a writer, it draws an interesting response from many.
“Wow…I’ve always wanted to write!”
Of course, my response is typically, “That’s terrific. Why don’t you write?”
“I don’t have time…I’m not that good…I don’t know what to write about…” You get the picture.
Well, writer’s write. That’s what makes someone a writer. They sit before a blank screen, fingers poised above the keyboard, and then fill the page.
Once the page is filled the job is just beginning. Writer’s write, and then re-write.
A good friend who writes sci-fi books told me once, “My first draft is always crap. The re-write is the attempt to clean up the crap.”
It’s true. We aren’t perfect. There was only one Mozart (who could hear and see the symphony in his mind and write the music from brain to hand, perfectly). Us mortals – and especially those of us blessed with ADD – must absolutely entertain one or more re-writes.
I actually enjoy the re-write process. The work takes shape. It’s like a master blacksmith who pounds with his heavy hammer, refining and shaping, refining and shaping, until he has his finished piece. It’s a process.
So…MAKE. And then revise. It’s the process and path every craftsman must take.