The log-in page for my online writing class posts an inspirational quote about—what else?—writing—every damn day. I wish I had been saving these quotes since day one, because some of them are insightful and true. And some of them are hilarious. Here is today’s sage comment, meant to inspire and ignite the flame of creativity:
“The worst thing you write is better than the best thing you didn’t write.” –Unknown
I’m not so sure this is true.
In the last post I showed you the story I actually submitted, in which we had to write something funny using a rock as the main character—I’m kind of relieved I came up with that idea. Because my first idea . . . well.
Here’s my original idea: at first I couldn’t get the idea of writing a story about a stoning out of my head. I know, gruesome. (It probably says something about me that this is the first thing I thought of. I am not sure what it says about me, though. And I do not wish to speculate about it.) I was thinking along the lines of that famous short story, “The Lottery,” only told from the POV of the rocks to be used in the stoning. I was thinking about having the rocks discussing amongst themselves whether they thought the person sentenced to be stoned deserved it or not. But then I realized a story like that might be misinterpreted. So I’m glad I didn’t write it, because I definitely didn’t want people to think I am a fan of stoning! Which I’m not! Just want to be clear on that. I definitely take an anti-stoning position almost all the time, with few exceptions. Unless we are talking about Christine O’Donnell or Sarah Palin. Then there just aren’t enough rocks.
But getting back to that quote—it haunts me that this could have been the best thing I didn’t write. I guess we’ll never know.
I really do appreciate these crazy inspirational quotes the writing workshop sees fit to bestow on us every single day–they are COMEDY GOLD! Thank you Gotham Writers’ Workshop!