Hey. I’m Anne Westrick and I talk about writing, and this month I’m thinking about how to get started. You know, the blank page is really daunting.
So to get going, I put anything down. Dialogue. Description. Whatever pops into my head. And when I’m beginning a new novel, which is what I’m doing this year, I push myself to write 1,000 words a day. It’s playful and messy writing, but I can revise it later. It’s like finger painting—you know, smearing words around—not like watercolor which is delicate and beautiful at first touch.
I once heard novelist Katherine Paterson say, “Dare to be mediocre,” and it’s what I do. It’s what my first drafts are. And it’s all good. So I dare you to be mediocre.