This weeks Writer’s Quote Wednesday is dedicated to Lawrence Kasdan. I admit I had no idea who Lawrence Kasda was when I first came across the quote. I found it in a daily writing newsletter I get. But I did a quick Wikipedia search and found out he “is an American film producer, director, and screenwriter. He is best known as the co-writer of The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Return of the Jedi. Kasdan has been confirmed to be co-writer for the upcoming third trilogy of Star Wars.”
That’s funny because I love Star Wars and am super excited for the upcoming trilogy! Me and my dad watched Raiders of the Lost Ark all the time when I was growing up too. I liked this guy’s work and didn’t even know it!
Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.
― Lawrence Kasdan
I liked the quote because it kinda contrasted with last week’s quote about good writing days being good days no matter what else happened. But we all know not all writing days are good writing days. Some days are bad writing days, and bad writing days feel like homework! The overwhelming and frustrating homework our teachers sent us home with everyday. The stuff we used to struggle through on our own late into the night.
Bad writing days are the days that you sit at that keyboard and stare at the screen but nothing is in your mind, nothing you feel is great anyway. You have the passion, you want to write something, but your mind is stuck. You may, if you know what’s good for you, start typing away about something mundane. Maybe you just type “I have nothing to write about” over and over again hoping to jump start some brain cells.
You do this until you come up with at least a paragraph or two that you aren’t completely emabarrased to post but you know it’s not your best. If your anything like me this is the point when you begin to doubt yourself. You doubt you can ever write anything good. You doubt whether or not you should even be trying…
But we are writers, and writers write goddammit! We keep trying again and again. Some days are good writing days, and some are not, that’s just how it is. But you still you have to do it because homework is important. Homework is for practice. And we know what comes after practice…perfection!