Monday, August 23, 2010

Permission to Write Crap

What are we looking at, you might ask. It is a wedding cake that looks like a pile of poo. Apparently, one person's disgusting ick is another's way to celebrate. Yet, I can't help but draw a correlation to my current ambition. I. Want. To. Be. Published. Hands down. It is my goal. I'm not going to pretend I write for the art of it, because I have to, or because it's my creative outlet. All of these are true, but the real truth is, I want others to like what I write. No, I want them to love what I write. That's not too much to ask is it?

But no matter how many classes I take, workshops I attend, or critiques I finagle, I still seem to end up with a steaming pile of poo for a manuscript. I have to wonder though, can you make cake out of poo?

Not really, thank goodness, but maybe, if the writing comes out smoothly, and I can accept all the straining when it doesn't (yes, I know what that sounds like), I have a chance to create something to celebrate out of just an inkling of an idea.

Although I have been doing so for awhile now without it, I give my self permission to write crap (you should too), with the idea that a slice of publication cake can be cut from it.

Happy writing!


  1. Oh my gosh that's awful! lol It kinda looks like Jabba the Hut from the back. I sooo hope it was something like that!

  2. GREAT picture! And yes, you are absolutely right... you must give yourself permission to write crap. Crap can be fixed a lot easier than a blank page. What looks like crap to us (the authors) may not look so stinky to someone else. We are often our own worst critics.

    Writing crap is a lesson I've forced myself to learn over the last several years. I'd rather open a document and see crap than to see nothing.

    So, by all means... write crap!

    Great post!

  3. Wow...that's really disgusting. Kind of reminds me of my husband's birthday cake a freiend made once in a litter box. It tasted good, but nobody could get past the little tootsie rolls rolled up to look like cat turds, to get to the spice cake. YUK!
    I agree, though, write crap if that's all that comes out. If you look at it a week later, you'd be surprised at what you can use. It's like turning straw into gold.

  4. Thanks for the encouragement, even if it is to write crap ;0). I have been writing pretty good stuff lately, so if nothing else, the crap is what you have to wade through to get to the good stuff (ewww, that sounded awful).

  5. That cake is just disgusting! Probably cost them a lot too for somebody to make the sucker. Ha!!
    You ought to get the book Writing Down The Bones. It came out years ago, but I saw it in Barnes and Noble the other day. It's a very freeing book. The author encourages you to just sit down and move your hand! No going back for misspellings, word choices, etc, just keep plowing forward. It's very liberating when you give yourself permission to just write anything, be it crap or literary gold.