Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Writing's End Goal

Sage Cohen writes in her article 10 Ways to Harness Fear and Fuel Your Writing (Writer's Digest, September 2011) '[Think] of your writing as akin to your fingerprints...unique patterns that exclusively represent you -- not good or bad or better or worse than anyone else's.

Instead of trying to perfect your writing, then, strive to get acquainted with this pattern and become more and more proficient at expressing it. There is no endpoint in this process, and we will never arrive at "perfect". So why not give up the chase right now, and just enjoy the resonance and beauty of our humble, flawed writing as it is?...

Rather than "perfect" as an end goal, try setting your sights on "finished". '

2 comments:

holessence said...

"...get acquainted with this pattern and become more and more proficient at expressing it."

That's a GREAT way to look at it!

The Sweater Curse said...

Absolutely. The entire issue of Writer's Digest is packed of good advice. I highly recommend it. (I'm not paid by them nor do I know anyone who is.)