10 Things I Wish I Knew Sooner About Writing

Blank pages pen and map with magnifying glass and glasses

1

You can never finish a story or a poem – you can only abandon it.

2

Love and writing don’t always get along – sometimes you have to choose.

3

To aim for perfection in writing (beyond grammatical perfection) is to rewrite the fun out of writing.

4

Writing is a refined addiction but it is an addiction nevertheless – it can be unhealthy in a most insidious way.

5

You can’t write better just by writing more. To improve, you need to create spaces around your writing and to give yourself time.

6

What you want to write is not necessarily what others want to read, but what you need to write is, sometimes at least, exactly what others need to read.

7

Writing is a double-edged sword that can defend you from the world but that can also hurt those who want to get close to you.

8

It is only reasonable for most people around you not to understand what you are doing so many hours alone in your room.

9

If you are not careful, writing can become a white hole that sucks you in, effacing your social identity.

10

Writing is not an external act, even if its product may be a book, an article, or a blog post – writing is an internal act of escapism and, at the same time, of self-validation. It is pretending to be someone else only so that you can keep returning to yourself every day.