Amelia Robinson

Hey there! I'm a student at the University of Kentucky and an aspiring writer. This blog serves as an outlet for all the things I want to talk about that are writing-related. I'll post some of my writing, too, for your enjoyment and critique. Thank you for stopping by! If you'd like to know more about me, feel free to visit here!

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.  - General Patton

I really like this quote.

To me, it translates to: It's better to half-ass it now than to put it off.

So when I read this in context to my writing, I realize I should just do it.  Just do it.  Like, right now.

It may be utter crap, a complete disaster, the worst prose to have ever darkened a Word document, but it will be something.  It will be something.  It's more important to have something, regardless of quality, rather than a blank page.

As so many have stated:

You can't edit a blank page.

You can edit crap, though.  I don't think there's such a thing as un-editable writing.  (Whether or not hindsight makes you realize that there's irrelevant writing is different.)  Like many, I adore editing.  That's my zone.  Creation makes me twitch.

So this is my resolve as I set off into Camp NaNoWriMo in a few days.  Every day, my simple mandate is to "Start now."  Just do it.  Get it over with.  Cry if I must.  But have something to edit it at the end of the day.


  1. Very inspirational! I'm realizing that this is something I should get on as well. I always think I should have a plan and be in the zone before I start writing, but now I realize that I need to write a little every day, and that might give me the push I need to actually create something good.

    1. Your comment instantly reminded me of this quote said by Peter DeVries: "I only write when I'm inspired, so I see to it that I'm inspired every morning at nine o'clock." To me, this just translates again to "for God's sake, just do it." Haha. Good luck with your writing. We'll get through it! :)