The Tomatoes Could Be Terrible. Write Anyway.

Right on so many levels!!!! Had to reblog this post from Brevity’s Nonfiction Blog. It is the advice some of my students attempting to write novels for their 20 Time projects, as well as myself need- “Go write. Not later. Not when you’re “interesting,” not when you’re unafraid. Now.”

BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog

heirloom_tomatoesI just started working as an editor. I’m freelance, so I see a lot of self-published work, some of which fits every horrible stereotype about self-publishing. But no matter how near the beginning of their craft the author is, they’re still one up on me:

They finished a book.

They didn’t wait for the Fairy MFAmother to whack them with her magic Now You May Go To The Writer Ball wand, they didn’t let their mother’s dismissals or their lack of time stop them. They followed Nora Roberts‘ (and so many other prolific big-name authors’) maxim:

Ass in chair.

For us creative nonfictioneers, it’s often not a failure of imagination or work ethic, but a fear of not measuring up that dogs our ability to finish–or even start.

Should I write about the cancer? Nah, everyone’s got a cancer memoir. What about that time we broke up? Modern Love…

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