Writing Tip #4-Lower Your Expectations

I love writing. I love teaching. I love teaching writing. I love listening to writers talk about their manuscripts. I love problem solving with writers. I love the delicacy and boldness of writing. These tips are things I’ve learned over the years that have held me in good stead and kept me going through the hard dry times. I hope they help you.

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“My friend Brian Yansky always gets a laugh when he is asked: how do you get a first draft done? And he says, I keep my expectations low. I used to want to disagree with him. No Brian, your writing has to be good. You have to be inspired. You have to—Yeah, right. Get the words on paper. Commit to showing up on the page. And yeah, no great expectations. Sometimes 1500 words that need editing and shaping are better than no words.”