This is so true, and eye opening. I never really thought about those first drafts of books, stupid, odd plots, and the first really crappy years of writing was me trying to find my style. I still am, because I don’t think I have made it to a “million words.” Read this post!
I have heard it said, or more likely I have read, that we writers don’t find our voice until we’ve written one million words.
The first five times I read this it didn’t sink in. I read “million words” and thought ‘it will take me forever to write a million words – I’m just not going to worry about it.’ But you know what I did worry about? For the last twenty years I have lamented the fact that I did not have a real, independent and bona fide style. I had no idea where this ‘style’ thing came from, how my favorite writers got it, why I couldn’t find it. I was like David Banner trying to discover the answer to the tragedy of why I couldn’t make an important difference when things depended on it. But even then I was no closer to becoming the Hulk.
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