Julie's Quest

Hello, and welcome to my blog. My blog is about the trials and tribulations of writing, where we celebrate successes and commiserate our near misses. We tell it like it is here and will do our very best to help you on the road to being published and pick you up after the rejections (they will come!) Whether you are a professional or amateur writer you will find something useful here.

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Happy Writing

Julie Phillips - freelance writer - member of the Association of Freelance Writers - member of the Society of Authors

Monday, 6 June 2011

F is for Freedom and Farce

I love writing. It can be exhilarating getting that first draft down on paper. I love the sense of freedom writing gives you. It makes me feel that I am capable of anything. But after the fizz of first draft love has gone phutt, and what you first thought was beautiful has turned ugly, this is the moment when you really find out if you want to be a writer or not.

Some writers can barely bring themselves to read their first draft. They peek at it through their fingers, afraid of this atrocity to writing they have unleashed. Other writers read with gay abandon, still reeling from the heady, passionate first fling and send it out as it is (never, ever, ever do this btw. It's like getting a tattoo when you are drunk and regretting it the next morning when you are stone, cold, sober  -  not that I'd know anything about that, of course, cough.) Some writers banish it to solitary confinement in the bottom of their drawers never to be paroled. Buy fear not, I say. Read your first draft with confidence. Recognise and accept that it's supposed to be a bit ropey. But it can and will be improved on with time, hard work and patience.

Writing is also a farce, isn't it? I mean who else in their right mind would spent a large portion of their time writing stuff that they have no way of knowing will sell or not? And who would keep doing it over and over and over again, rejection after rejection? We real writers that's who! But are we just kidding ourselves? Are we really cut out for this job? Are we just masochists? Only you know the answer to those questions.

Be free with your writing and don't give in to the farce!

Julie xx

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