Inspiration Monday

This whole post is going to be about the only thing I really took away from Stephen King's On Writing:

"...while it is impossible to make a competent writer out of a bad writer, and while it is equally impossible to make a great writer out of a good one, it is possible, with lots of hard work, dedication, and timely help, to make a good writer out of a merely competent one."

Somehow I feel like King is talking directly to me with this quote.

I'm going to be honest here and place myself in the "merely competent" category of writer. I can string three words together into a sentence. I can usually get my point across. Sometimes it takes a couple of paragraphs to get there, but the point is it gets across.

I don't really want to be a great writer. Heck, I don't think I have the ability to be "great" (for many, many reasons I don't really have time for right now), but good? I can do good.


  1. I think all writers identify with that quote. I really enjoyed his book on writing, especially what he shared of his life, it explains a lot.

    I know for a fact that my writing has improved, I still have the very first manuscript I wrote. OMG is it awful -- not the story, the writing!

  2. I don't I'm sure Mr. King has vast insight into the literary world...way more than myself, but I have to disagree with part of his statement.

    I think that, with practice and honing one's skills and talents, a good writer -can- become a great writer. "Greatness" is purely subjective, in my opinion.

    A lot of authors hailed as "great" are merely mediocre to some.

    Don't sell yourself short and don't quit trying. If you keep at it, who knows what you can achieve? :)

  3. What Mr.King says about 'great writers' sounds like what we call on TvTropes 'the spark of genius'. Either you have it or you don't. Certainly it takes time and effort to get anywhere. Keep working at it and you will improve.

  4. Don't sell yourself short. Keep putting the words down and one day you'll look back and say "Heck, I am a great writer."

  5. Have more faith in yourself. Thinking you can only be good you might not hit the mark you actually want to reach. Shoot to the moon, that way if you fall short at least you'll land among stars.

  6. Great is in the eye of the beholder.

  7. Nothing wrong with being good - as long as you're having a great time doing it! ;-)


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