Editing, Fiction, Novel, Revision, Writing

Writing garbage, redux

It is perfectly okay to write garbage–as long as you edit brilliantly. – C. J. Cherryh

At least once a week, I come to the conclusion that everything I write is garbage. Usually this realization is preceded by reading some brilliant piece of published fiction, at which point my inner critic Ms. Perfect, declares, “See? You’ll never write anything even close to that, so give it up now, quit wasting your time!” But this morning I read the above quote, and am encouraged to write “garbage” today, and edit tomorrow … if I can muzzle Ms. Perfect long enough.

Originally posted 10/13/008

7 thoughts on “Writing garbage, redux”

  1. You might try an e-collar instead. It gives Ms. Perfect the illusion that she’s not really restrained so she spends less time trying to rip the muzzle off and more time wondering why she can’t get you any more.


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