Today I’m combining two days—Day 6 and Day 7—of the 15 Habits of Great Writers Challenge; after working separately on each of them I realized they tied perfectly together.
He quoted Picasso, “Good artists copy, great artists steal”; and reminded us:
“A good writer curates. She scoops up all the little pieces of inspiration around her, melding and mashing them, putting it all together in a hodgepodge mosaic that makes something new.”
I felt relieved after reading that because I’ve been
stealing gleaning ideas from other writers all along.
Part of being a writer is learning from others, gathering different ideas, and making them your own.
Day 7—Jeff mentioned in his post title that great writers start ugly. He said, “You can first make it ugly, or not make it at all. There is nothing else.”
His challenge? To make something ugly and leave it that way (temporarily).
Initially after reading his challenge, I planned to share one of the several posts in my “to edit” folder, but then I read through the Bonus Content article he included in his post.
Quickly, an idea popped into my mind (and this is the part where I credit Jeff Goins and his articles, How to Structure Any Piece of Writing, and Great Writers Start Ugly the combination of both ideas which
I stole offered inspiration for my poem)…