The best writing advice I ever received came near-simultaneously from two different sources.
I was struggling through my first full-length work, finding it a very different and untameable animal from short fiction. Writing the book was like walking against a wind machine where life, other story ideas, and lack of polished expertise threw themselves against my every effort.
I bemoaned this fact to friend and colleague Susan McBride. Her answer was simple. “Just do it,” she said. “Write straight through, stopping only long enough to jot notes on vital flashes of inspiration.”
Sure it made sense, but it was too darn simplistic. And easy for her to say, I thought. She had a book series with Harper-Collins. But sometimes, the simplest of answers is the best.
Still feeling sorry for myself, I happened to pick up a copy of Stephen King’s On Writing. His advice? “Just do it.”
That’s when the truth hit. For those of us who must write, the discipline to do so lies within that very drive. The manuscript that had sat in messy bits for fifteen months became a finished work within three, and the next novel was written in four.
– Lisa Logan