Keep Your Bottom on Your Chair!

Put in the time, and don't wait for inspiration to come to you. For me the hardest part of writing is keeping my bottom on my chair and putting the hours in. When I do that consistently, day after day, week after week, characters and story begin to take form. The inspiration rises out of the words I've already put on the page, rather than the other way around, even if those first words/first drafts are clunky and wooden and seem without promise.

 

Nancy Richler is the author of Your Mouth Is Lovely. Her most recent novel The Imposter Bride was shortlisted for Canada’s Giller Prize.