πŸ‘ Finding comfort in the chaos: How Cory Doctorow learned to write from literally anywhere

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My writing epiphany β€” which arrived decades into my writing career β€” was that even though there were days when the writing felt unbearably awful, and some when it felt like I was mainlining some kind of powdered genius and sweating it out through my fingertips, there was no relation between the way I felt about the words I was writing and their objective quality, assessed in the cold light of day at a safe distance from the day I wrote them. The biggest predictor of how I felt about my writing was how I felt about me. If I was stressed, underslept, insecure, sad, hungry or hungover, my writing felt terrible. If I was brimming over with joy, the writing felt brilliant.

This was the insight that let me write the way I did (and do): it doesn’t matter if the words feel right β€” just write ’em. You will know if they’re any good later.

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