Eight Wise Pieces of Writing Advice from Alice Mattison’s “The Kite and the String”

When a draft looks terrible, I don’t try to convince myself that it’s actually good or even that someday it will be, only that it’s my job to work on it whether it’s good or not.


“A lot of trouble of writing would go away if people would stop trying to persuade themselves that the draft is good,” Mattison tells me, noting that the same applies to readings or other performances. “You have to make the decision, once and for all, that you’re going to work on it, and then work on it,” she adds. “You have to give it a try.”