What writing really is

For long I have mistakenly considered writing as an art. Much more than that, it really requires hard work and tedious drafts.

(Idea from Daniel Coyle, the author of The Talent Code. Full article: http://thetalentcode.com/2013/04/02/11-rules-for-better-writing/)

Here’s the basic problem: people think that writing is this:


When in reality, it’s more like this: channel-curation-featured-large

This happens to be Proust, but it could be Orwell or Austen or Whitman or Hemingway, who wrote no fewer than 47 different endings for A Farewell to Arms. Point is, writing isn’t wizardry, and good writers are not superhuman. Building a story is not magic. It’s more like building a piece of furniture: you need quality wood, basic design skills, and lots of sandpaper.

For example, J.K. Rowling plot for chapters 13-24 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix:

So, stop reading. Take a pen and a stack of A4size paper. Commence your writing construction!


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