Day 10: Flawed, beautiful words

I’ve already gotten in double my goal WC today, a lovely change, but I hope to fit in more writing because my plan was to accomplish much more than I have! Sometimes things just work out that way.

However, today I bring you a quote from Lauren Graham. Because while yes, I’m watching too much Gilmore Girls, Lauren Graham is wonderful as herself and an author in her own right. I forgot that she wrote a book, so I’m putting it on my reading list, but I digress. She did a Q&A where someone asked the following question:

“I have been trying to finish my story for years but motivation and inspiration are low, any advice?”

And this was her answer:

“Don’t stop working just because it isn’t perfect. Get to the end of the story before you judge it. You can always rewrite, but only if it exists!”

As a Nano participant, I’ve read a lot of great pep talks from authors I admire, and lots of general writing advice includes that very same sentiment, so it’s not like it’s something I haven’t heard before. But somehow hearing it from an actress/author I’m a big fan of made it seem very relevant to where I am now.

So seriously, self, and anyone else who needs to hear it…just keep going. Don’t worry about what it is until it’s actually a story. Ignore the voices in your head (and outside of them, if applicable). Once you know what your story is, you can fix the rest.

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Day 10: Flawed, beautiful words

3 thoughts on “Day 10: Flawed, beautiful words

  1. I didn’t know she wrote a book! Going to add it to my list of books to read as well. We get told this advice almost daily but sometimes it takes someone your really admire to drive the point home. Now if only Chris Evans would say something like that and I’d be off like a rocket!

    1. I just spent some time looking for Chris Evans quotes that could motivate you and it’s true, he hasn’t spoken at all about writing! But I think I’m now more aware of why he’s awesome. On my Google travels I read the following two things that I thought were especially adorable. If you haven’t found them yet, you should read (the 2nd one features him talking about being a control freak which I thought you’d especially appreciate having in common!):

      http://www.vh1.com/celebrity/2012-09-13/chris-evans-huffpo-interview-theiceman/

      http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/chris-evans-on-his-directorial-debut-before-we-go-filming-in-new-york-avengers-age-of-ultron-20140908

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