My dream of being a writer just took a step forward. I finally finished my first novel!
Ending at just about 44,000 words, I know I have a long way to go, but I know that I needed to start somewhere.
While surfing the web, I found this funny list of sayings by famous authors about why being an author is so hard. Call me a masochist, but I found it encouraging. Here’s a few:
“The first draft of everything is s**t.” – Ernest Hemingway
“If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.” – Dorothy Parker
“I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.” – Harper Lee
“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” – George Orwell
“If writing seems hard, it’s because it is hard. It’s one of the hardest things people do.” – William Zinsser
“Don’t take anyone’s writing advice too seriously.” – Lev Grossman
You can find the entire list here: 21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors