Gentle Reminders About Writing

roxanegay:

1. There is no shame in writing slow. Your writing takes as long to develop as it takes. Writing is not a race. There is something very seductive about slow writing, about the care being given to the words when the writing happens at a more languorous pace. This is not to say fast writers don’t take care. We do. All writers approach their craft differently and there’s so much room for that difference. 

2. Prolific doesn’t mean good. Sometimes, it just means someone has produced a lot of mediocre writing. Do you want to be known for writing a lot or for writing well? 

3. Getting your name out there is only as useful as the writing you’re associating with your name. 

4. The Internet makes it easy to think the only way to write/publish is fast and often. This is not true. Don’t let what others are doing, and how much you know about what others are doing, create unnecessary pressure in your writing life. Just do you. 

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