I saw an interesting post on another blog a few weeks ago. They were talking about writing and whether you should wait for the muse or not (I am a strong anti-muse believer myself ;)).
One woman had posted how she didn't want to write if the "spirit wasn't upon her" aka the MUSE, because then it would just be wasted writing if it wasn't any good.
Ok, I read this a few weeks ago folks, and it's taken my mind this long to work around the concept.
Wasted writing. It's still a concept my poor tired brain just isn't grasping. First we have to consider how writers come about. BY WRITING. No one is born with an amazing voice, kick ass descriptive sense, and an ability to make characters so real you find yourself adding them to your wedding guest list.
We learn it.
And how do we learn it? By writing crap. Lots and lots and LOTS of crap. Eventually the crap will become less-craptastic. Eventually, it will become good.
But the first step is to write.
I just sent off my geek novella and a friend of a friend asked what I was going to do with it if it isn't accepted. How could I stand thinking all that work would be wasted?
I agree, there probably isn't a huge call for funny geek love stories set around Comic Con, a former SciFi actress, and a crashed alien researcher. But I'm not worried about "wasting" my time having written it. Even if it (or any of my work) never finds a public home, it has contributed to my skills. Its gotten me one step away from craptastic.
So, while I was too gobsmacked to respond to that blog comment about wasting writing at the time, I like to send this out now: NO writing is wasted as long as you learn from it. And since, at least for me, it's impossible not to learn when I write, then nothing is ever wasted.
So flip the muse the bird, and get yer ass back in that chair- and WRITE!