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7 Reasons Writing a Book Makes You a Badass

Brian Klems is one of my favorite writers about writing. He holds forth at Writers Digest, one of the best writers magazines. The Badass article has seven points but I want to share excerpts from his article and discuss three points - the ones that have occupied my entire life for the last six months. WRITING MY FRIGGIN' BOOK!

1. Writing a book is hard.

....Forcing yourself to sit down, brainstorm, write, edit, rewrite, edit, cut, add, rewrite, workshop, rewrite and rewrite some more until you’ve got somewhere between 50,000 and 100,000 words is grueling work. Most can’t do it. When you’re one of the few who can, it really makes you feel good about yourself—an important quality in a true badass.

BLOG BUDDIES - I AM A BADASS .

I MADE 45,000 WORDS AND IT'S READY TO PUBLISH!

GRUELING AIN'T THE WORD FOR IT.

2. Editing is painful.

All the effort and time put into writing a scene can all go for naught if it doesn’t mesh just right with your story. It doesn’t matter if it’s your favorite scene: If it’s not right for your book then it’s not right for your book—and has to be cut. Deleting your writing, especially words you’ve sacrificed so much to create, can be incredibly painful. But you do it in spite of the pain because, deep down, you’re tough as nails and you know your book will be better off for it....

I DELETED FIFTEEN OF MY PRECIOUS BABIES - MY DARLINGS - AND I CRIED

BUT THE DAMN THING IS FINALLY EDITED.

EDITING IS NOT GRUELING - IT'S BLOOD-LETTING.

3. Knowing when you are “finished” is impossible.

Is your Chapter 1 strong enough? Are you doing enough showing and not telling? Should your main character be walking or sauntering in this one particular scene? You’re on draft #17 and, after reading it again, you think an 18th draft may be necessary....After all, in writing there’s no clear sign that your manuscript is perfect. At some point, every writer needs to take a leap of faith and have confidence in his or her work. It’s not easy to do, which is why it’s a form a badass-ery.

I AM A TREMBLING BADASS AS I PREPARE TO SEND THE "FINAL" MANUSCRIPT TO MY FORMATTER ON MONDAY AFTER 18 PROOFREADS. BUT I AM A BADASS NONETHELESS. I THINK BRIAN WOULD AGREE WITH ME.

HERE'S THE LINK TO THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE BY BRIAN

FIND MANY OTHER HELPFUL ARTICLES FOR WRITERS AS WELL.

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