“Being a real writer means being able to do the work on a bad day”

November 16th, 2012 by

“Being a real writer means being able to do the work on a bad day.”

Words of wisdom from Norman Mailer.

These comments round out a week’s worth tough love about the writing process. Basically a story won’t get done unless you do it.

That means writing when you’re sick.

Writing when you’re sad.

Writing when you’re exhausted.

Writing when you’re distracted.

Writing when you’re busy.

Writing when you’re disconsolate.

Writing when you’re uninspired.

Writing when you feel at the core of your being that you suck as a writer.

Any of those can translate into a ‘bad day.’

But even then, a real writer will write.

You may only manage to write one page. One scene. One paragraph. One line.

But you know what?

That will put you one page, one scene, one paragraph, one line closer to FADE OUT.

So another writing tip to tack up to your writing space:

“Being a real writer means being able to do the work on a bad day.”

The Quest” has entered Week 18! And so did Go On Your Own Quest, an opportunity for anyone to follow the structure of “The Quest” to dig into screenwriting theory [Core – 8 weeks], figure out your story [Prep – 6 weeks], and write a first draft [Pages – 10 weeks]. It’s a 24-week immersion in the screenwriting process and you can do it here – for free!

Today and every Monday through Friday for 10 weeks, I’ll use this slot to post something inspirational as GOYOQ participants pound out their first drafts.

For background on “Go Into The Story: The Quest,” go here and here.

For all the previous weeks of Go On Your Own Quest posts, go here.

Join the GOYOQ Forums, a free online hub where you and other Quest participants can go to support each other and share your stories. Go here.

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