A lot of the time we read books or articles written by someone else and think: “Boy, I wish I could write that good”. The truth is that you can! It just takes practice, and you don’t have to judge or punish yourself for the quality of your writing.
In writing, quality comes with quantity. Only by writing frequently you will gain experience, learn to optimize and improve, and above all, you will have enough material to edit. You can’t become a better writer if you don’t write, and well-known authors are telling us just that.
We curated a list of 11 quotes to encourage you to write daily, and to understand the importance of writing frequently no matter how crappy your words are:
“Enjoy writing badly.”
“You have to write whether you feel like it or not.”
“You can’t edit a blank page.”
“I have to write hundreds of pages before I get to page one.”
“Easy reading is damn hard writing. But if it’s right, it’s easy. It’s the other way round, too.”
“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
“The first draft of anything is shit.”
“A word after a word after a word is power.”
“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy, and that hard.”
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
“You can fix anything but a blank page.”
These 11 famous quotes convinced me to write 1268 words today. Crappy or not, I will edit them before making the public and nobody will know they were crappy in the first place.
Stop judging and start writing! How many words did you write today?