Jeff O'Handley

The Doubting Writer Finds His Voice

A Quote

“The Beatles haven’t got any magic you haven’t got.”–John Lennon

It’s easy to be discouraged by the works of others. “I’ll never turn a phrase like that one,” you think. “I wish my descriptions were as lush and full.” When we read a finished product, those phrases, those descriptions, those characters seem so natural, so easy, so the result of talent or genius. Talent plays a part, yes, but there’s no magic there–there’s hours and hours of work, determination, grit, experience. In the end, you want it to look easy, to look like magic, and to be magical for a reader.

13 Responses

  1. It's so true! I don't think people should let something they think is amazing discourage them from trying though; they should use it to set themselves goals and aspirations. Thanks for sharing this positive little reminder Jeff 🙂

  2. It's also good to remind ourselves that those finished works, in most cases, have gone through multiple edits with professionals to get them polished for publication. I'm sure their rough drafts weren't always so pretty either.

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