003/100 Things – Ideas are Cheap

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Brandon Sanderson 2012 Creative Writing Class

  • Ideas are usually cheap (although some ideas are more awesome than others)
  • Don’t let that awesome idea or novel you’ve had for 10 years hang like a mill stone around your neck. Put it aside, do something new, and learn how to write.
  • A bad idea written well will almost always be superior to a good idea written poorly.
  • Writing will always have moments of pure drudgery as well as inspiration. At the end of the day, your readers won’t be able to distinguish between the two.

Basically, this point answered everything I was questioning in my second post. Yet today I took the day off work and pasted together a few of my attempts, wrote a few hundreds words and now I have 8,000 words that begins my novel. I think. I don’t hate it, but that doesn’t mean much, I ‘spose.


About thiefofcamorr

Katharine likes to think she’s a Sky Pirate and that takes up most of her time. When she isn’t treasure hunting, she’s writing or playing video games and wishing Doctor Who and Farscape were real. She started writing at age 12 and has written almost every day on paper and most certainly in her mind otherwise – or at least, she used to, and is hoping to get back into that mindset asap. She tends to like the idea of fantasy, but her ideas themselves always seem to gravitate towards science fiction. Katharine is a judge in the Aurealis Awards, and would really like a pet chocobo.

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