#1 New York Times best-selling author Sherrilyn Kenyon is a self-professed “pantser” who writes by the seat of her pants. You know, the type of writing where you start with blank paper and fill it up as you go, rather than plotting it out beforehand. In my extremely unscientific, informal poll of writers I know, the majority are pantsers.
I, on the other hand, like to plan things out, and I’ve consequently developed an unhealthy addiction to books about plotting. My latest acquisition is Break Into Fiction by Mary Buckham and Dianna Love, with an introduction by Sherrilyn Kenyon. In it, she says, “Remember, good books aren’t written, they’re rewritten.”
Since I’m right now plowing my way through a harrowing umpteenth rewrite of a manuscript, I found those words inspirational, indeed:
Good books aren’t written, they’re rewritten.
Now I feel better about doing so many rewrites. And in my quest to find more nuggets of inspiration from the inimitable Sherrilyn Kenyon, I found this blog:
If you’re an aspiring writer, and you’re having a tough time (who isn’t?), then you must read this post. Seriously. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. And you’ll never feel sorry for yourself again.