“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” – Richard Bach
I was scoping out this article about what to do when you don’t feel like writing (an absurd concept, really, but I thought it would be helpful for those times when I can’t focus on writing), and they used this quote to emphasize the fact that, hey, tough cookies. You don’t want to write? Too bad, do it anyway, and I couldn’t agree with that more.
“But, L.S.!” you may insist. “When I force myself to write, it’s not any good! It doesn’t feel natural. It’s really, really bad!” And that’s the point. Get all that bad writing out of your system so you can get back to the good stuff. None of us are 100% all of the time. And just because we put something bad down on the paper now doesn’t mean we can’t turn it into gold later (or just pitch it in the trash and laugh, whatever works).
I am a huge, huge, huge advocate for “never quit,” and to always push yourself to write something even if you’re not “feeling it.” Soulless came about like that. There were times when I absolutely loathed that book, I wanted to toss it aside and work on something else, something new and shiny, but I forced myself to buck up and keep forging through straight on until the end. And you know what? Now it’s published and out there in the world with a really spectacular review from an author I respect. If I’d have just given up, it would probably be festering somewhere in a drawer instead of being enjoyed by dozens (okay, a dozen, maybe) readers right now.
Never, ever, ever quit. Keep pulling through, even when it gets a little rough. Because you never know what might come out of anything, and some of our best moments come from conquering the worst.