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The million word apprenticeship – Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

writing apprenticeshipStart early and work hard. A writer’s apprenticeship usually involves writing a million words (which are then discarded) before he’s almost ready to begin. That takes a while. David Eddings

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5 comments on “The million word apprenticeship – Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

  1. Carol Balawyder
    March 23, 2014

    A great quote but a million words…Oh, my God I better get writing 🙂

    • bridget whelan
      March 23, 2014

      Exactly! And I like to think that the million words includes all the essays written at school and university, the reports produced for work, the texts sent as well as the half-baked, half-finished novel still sitting in a file on your desktop…

  2. Reblogged this on Forget the Viagra, Pass Me a Carrot and commented:
    From Bridget Whelan – it made me think – I have been writing since I was a teenager – poetry, short stories, books and I wondered how many million words I have thrown away in 45 years, without a thought. I was always taught to treasure the written word, but obviously I have not been doing that – even those that do not satisfy have some meaning.

    • bridget whelan
      March 29, 2014

      Oh, I think you have to discard an awful lot of those million words – my house is awash with paper as it is. Wouldn’t want that cringe worthy short story written as a teenager about zoos taking up space or the letter of complaint to the council circa 1993. I’d drown!

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