More Evidence As to Why Patrick Rothfuss Is One of the Most Awesome Writers Out There

Posted: January 27, 2012 in Uncategorized
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I was reading the comments in Patrick Rothfuss’ blog (because, you know: Rothfuss), and came across this piece of advice, given to a person who was insecure about his writing, and wanted to know how to make his writing Not Suck.

As usual, Pat nailed this right on the head…

“You come to grips with the fact that writing something that sucks is better than writing nothing at all. 

“If you write something and it sucks, then good for you. Not all explorers discovered lost golden cities and trade routes to the mysterious East. Some of them died in a ditch. A lot of them did, actually. But still, they get full props for being brave. 

“But if you sit there paralyzed with fear, afraid to get out of your chair, then you’re no kind of explorer at all. You’re just a sad bastard. You have no chance of being cool. 

“The same is true with writing.”

I can add nothing to that.

Seriously, all you aspiring writers out there. Don’t worry about getting it right. Just get it down on paper. Don’t worry about making something Great™. Just write the best story you are capable of writing at that moment.

If you want to be a writer, just get out there and write.

~ Ian

  1. Excellent advice, much like Heinlein’s Rules for Writing:

    1. You must write.
    2. You must finish what you write.
    3. You must refrain from rewriting, except to editorial order.
    4. You must put the work on the market.
    5. You must keep the work on the market until it is sold.

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