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You’re Only as Good as the Last Thing You Write

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Just a few of my many notebooks... I have at least one for every year I've been alive.

Strangely enough, I woke up today feeling INSPIRED. Seriously! And then I fired up my laptop and learned that I’ve more blog hits this morning than I’ve seen in days. So today, I am going to write. 

The past few days have been strained for me. I’m a little bit stressed and I’ve been so exhausted in the evenings that I can’t be bothered to write. And to top it off, I’ve been fixated on this one statement:

“You’re only as good as the last thing you write”.

I heard this the other day – and it’s definitely stuck with me. Until this morning. Today everything seems clearer and I’ve realized just how full of crap that statement truly is.

Just like everything else, writing has its ups and downs. Once in a while the thing that you least expect to succeed will be what others can’t get enough of – you never really know how your work will be received! So how on earth can you be expected to be constantly improving?!

Writing takes practice and a certain amount luck to come up with just the right content to gain attention. Some days you might be flying high on inspiration, while others will be a struggle. But overall, the more you write, the better your writing becomes.

But no one is going to remember you for a mediocre post (unless it’s aggressively bad and includes reasons why Twilight is better than Harry Potter… or some equally cringe-worthy content). As long as you write coherently, your writing achievements aren’t going to be brought down by a bad post or two. So, with that in mind, I’m going to keep writing. And stop stressing about constantly topping my last post.

Who’s with me?

Elle

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7 thoughts on “You’re Only as Good as the Last Thing You Write

  1. Good post & I agree!
    From a book standpoint some stories are better than others. I think the quality of the writing should continually get better but sometimes the story the author is writing just isn’t as strong or interesting as previous ones. I love Stephen King’s writing, I haven’t liked his last couple of “stories” but I still enjoy his writing style.

  2. Yeah, at some point, you have to put your writing, and yourself, out there. If you are constantly worried about whether it’s good enough, you’ll never get anything done!

  3. A few years after writing and publishing “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” TS Eliot became very scared that it would be the best thing that he will ever write. This worry plagued him for most of his career. Then, he wrote “The Waste Land.”

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