There is no way that anyone can write a novel and not silence the inner critic, or as my first writing instructor said, “Kill the critic.” As any writer will tell you, when you first undertake to write anything, much less a novel, you will write badly. No one is a Hemingway or Faulkner right out of the gate, not even Hemingway or Faulkner.
You have to dare to write badly. Yes, write bad pages because it is through writing those bad pages that you will get to whatever gold lies beneath. That sought after Zen-like place where you begin to channel your characters and stories start to write themselves. But it is difficult to trust this process, especially in those first attempts. That is why it is so important not to go back and read what you’ve wrote that day. There will be time enough for re-writing, but first get words on paper.
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