“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King
This is a particularly interesting quote when you consider work in the creative fields. From my understanding, King writes his books on the fly. He doesn’t outline or any of that.
Other authors do a lot of outlining before they put the pen to the page. I am sort of a hybrid. I need to have some sort of organization before I begin writing, but I also enjoy the beauty of “discovering” a story versus creating everything in a rigid format like outlining. Obviously, I’m still finding what works and what doesn’t work.
This is good advice. Sometimes you just have to do something, make mistakes, and redo. At least you’ll make some progress while you are plugging away. This is what makes Stephen King such a prolific writer. I read his book on writing and he typically cranks out about 1800 words a day. This is why he can put out so many books in a year.
I hope to be able to do the same thing. The first thing I want to do is establish a process that works for me. This takes a lot of reading to see how other people do things and experimenting with different processes. I’ve learned that writing nonfiction books is much different from writing novels.
After contemplating this quote, it really applies to anything. There are those that overthink what they are going to do and never get out of thinking mode. There are others who dive right in and get to work. I think I would like to approach this with a more balanced approach. Think some then write. Think some and write some more. I think that is what will work for me. We’ll see how it goes.
Thanks for reading.
Until next time…