First 100

The first 100 or so times you write a story, supposedly, it is said that it will suck. 

There are some instances, I assume, where a writer has studied the intricacies and read many books and crammed all the writing info he/she could find into their mind to have a better chance at writing something well the first time--but that's mostly not the case. 

The truth is, even if you have that many stories out, you can still put out bad material. That goes deeper into if you are cut out for creativity in the first place, or if you are having a bad period. Some call this Writer's Block--which, to me, is like fibro myalgia; it can be anything that you don't have a name for. 

I've tried to look for this Tweet, but can't find it anywhere. I believe Joe Hill said something about it, as well. 

Basically, a certain amount of your first short stories are going to suck. 

The thing is to get them out of your system. Now, I know it’s not ground in stone, that whole thing, but it does have truth to it. The more you write, the better you get. Also, once you get those clichéd plots, or scenes, out of your head, you make room for the better ones. 

That's what I'm trying to do, in a way, with the fiction that I'm posting. Some of those little flash pieces I've thought over a bit, and some just pop into my head and form in about two hours time. But I want them to come out. Get out all the extra things in my head. 

All right, back to the day job for me. 

Let me know what you think about this post--or if you were able to find the quotes I've (sort of) referenced. I believe it was a Tweet from Joe Hill, but I've heard it other places, too. 

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WCM

Comments

Gary Buller said…
It might have been Elmore Leonard and not Joe Hill that said about the first fifty stories. But Joe's probably said it second hand. Great article.

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