From The Pocket Muse by Monica Wood
"My friend Alyson Hagy, whose writing makes me swoon, gave me the best writing advice I ever got:
you have to be willing to write badly"
(The Pocket Muse is a great source for ideas and inspiration).
This advice is hard. Life is short, and the willingness to write badly--meaning that it will all take ever so long until, fingers crossed, it comes out good--is tough. I've just finished a first draft and I know I wrote badly. I can't bear to look at it, which is a good thing, 'cos it's going in a drawer for at least a month.
On the other hand, I'm brimming with a new idea. It's grand, it's sparkling... am I really willing to write it badly?
On an upbeat note, the Oregon SCBWI conference is this Saturday. One whole day of writing and writers. I'm very willing about that!