Recently I posted two of my favorite writing mantras:
The only way out is through.
Trust the process.
Then I invited people on Twitter to tweet their favorites. There were some good ones. I’ve included the lot of them here:
“Get it done now, get it right later.”
“Writing is orchestrated daydreaming.”
“If you can’t make it better, make it shorter.”
“First drafts are for you…and you alone.”
“Write the first draft with the door closed. Write the second draft with the door open.”
— Stephen King via @mikesmithwriter
“The story will go where it needs to go.”
“Writing is 10% inspiration, 90% staying off the internet.”
“Don’t be afraid. Just play the music.”
— Attributed to Charlie Parker via @astro_lass
“Screenwriting is simply asking the right questions of your story/characters.”
“The first draft of anything is shit.”
— Ernest Hemmingway via @The_Tiny_Ninja
“Write like you’re dying.”
— Ernes Hemmingway via @jodyamato_
So as we wind our way out of 2013 and into the New Year, let’s see if we can aggregate even more writing mantras.
Drop by comments and tell us your favorite writing aphorism.