Keep Writing

These days, I keep a stock of ruled notebooks, and I give myself permission to write in them whatever comes to mind. Much of what comes to mind isn’t worth anyone’s time. But these bits and pieces, when refined, combined, remixed, replaced, sliced and diced over a day or two or a week or two or longer, can emerge as something worth sending out.

When successful writers and the editors of publications say that the most important thing to do is simply to keep writing, I take that to mean that the most important thing to do is to keep one’s mind engaged in the process of moving words along from raw material to pieces that remain imperfect, but that are ready for a debut.