I came across the following quote today in a new column from “Bablyon 5″ head honcho/Amazing Spider-Man writer J. Michael Straczynski at Newsarama, and I thought that a number of people who read this site might benefit from it as much as I’m sure I will. Much of it is “yeah, yeah, okay, I’ve heard that a million times before,” but maybe it’s the millionth-and-first time that will change some small but critical pathway in my/your brain and make it resonate in a new way.
Your only real competition…is with yourself, with your fears, your insecurities, your determination to learn what needs to be learned; your willingness to apply ass to chair and fingers to keyboard and Get It Done instead of Talking About It. Too many beginning writers leave their stories forever unfinished because as long as the work is incomplete…it can’t be judged. Write. Finish it. Write the next thing. Rinse, repeat. Learn as much as you can. Write as much as you can. Because the more you write, the better you will write. It’s no different than any other muscle. Exercise it, and it becomes stronger.