I've been writing for hours. I think I turned on my laptop about 7:00 PM, opened Microsoft Word, and opened a chapter on the odu Obara. Until 11:00 PM, I worked and wrote and rewrote a short story until my fingers hurt and my brain cramped.
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It was the worst writing of my life.
Well, perhaps that's an exaggeration. More than likely, it was the second worst thing I’ve written in my life. Still, I can’t bear to stop working on the piece. I cut it; I move it; I rewrite it; I rip it to shreds and then I put it back together again.
Still, the rotten work sits there, taunting me. Somehow, I will make this story “work” the way I want it to work.
When it comes to writing, I think the key is constant rewriting; nothing put on paper is ever right the first time, and even months after a project is over and done, a writer returns to it lamenting every word written. I like what August Wilson said regarding the concept of writing and rewriting:
“Regardless of the medium, rewriting and more rewriting is still necessary. No one gets anything right the first time, and since I don't write with a hammer and chisel, it's relatively easy for me to change. It's just words on paper. Words are free. You don't go to the store and order a pound of words, or five hundred words, and pay your three dollars. They're free.”
That quote sums up this entire blog quite nicely. No one gets anything right the first time. Too bad I'm on my 100th attempt with this story.