A Good Reminder

>> Saturday, November 03, 2007


At Magical Musings today, their guest blogger, Jennifer Estep, said something that was a very good reminder for me.

She said:

Write the best darn book you can. It may be a cliché, but it’s true. I always get a bit depressed every time I read J.K. Rowling, Robin McKinley, or Donald Westlake. Because there’s no way I could ever possibly write anything as magical, beautiful, or funny as them. I can only write the stories in my head the best way I know how – and that’s enough. It’s got to be, since I don’t want to take an express trip to the funny farm. Do your best, then push yourself to do a little better, give a little more. That’s all you can do.


I feel better knowing I'm not the only one who gets a little down when I read fantastic prose or a riveting, non-stop plot, or deep, unique characters. And it never hurts to be reminded that you are as unique as the next person and that if you keep working at it, learning and growing as a writer, you'll get there.

J.K. Rowling was once where I am now. That's a strong reminder.

2 comments:

Edie 5:27 AM  

Thanks for mentioning Magical. Jennifer Estep is a sweetheart. The easiest antidote to that feeling of "I could never write this good" is to pick up another book and after you've read a few pages, think, "How the (insert word of your choice) did this every get published?" *g*

Joan Swan 6:37 PM  

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh, so true, Edie! So true!

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