Fuckin Friday

Fuckin’ Friday Writing Prompt #33

Listen: Not all writers work the same. NaNoWriMo is coming up and some people (myself included) have made it clear that it’s just not for them. I seriously have nothing against anything that gets you writing (I am a prompter after all), but I just can’t work in that way.

So this week’s prompt comes from our own Dan Aegan, a writer who actually writes. The two of us grew up in that generation that kind of falls between Gen X and Millennials. We were growing when the whole “everyone is special, here’s a trophy just for showing up” thing started. We don’t have the bitterness of being pitted against other kids to earn our parents’ love, nor do we know the cuddly joy of being winners just for trying our best.

Let’s get to it already. I don’t usually do writing prompts about writing, but there is a lot of great work out there on that very subject. So here it is, a potential opening line or subject prompt:

These writers want a lifetime achievement award for crapping in a typewriter and calling it a novel.

The big debate that birthed this quote was from the idea that it’s okay to write poorly because you can always fix it later. Some disagree and say a work that’s bad at a fundamental level can’t be edited into something good by magic. My own personal opinion is that NaNoWriMo seems to encourage bad writing and stresses word count over storytelling. My point is, and I am trying to make a point, that some people might be okay with that idea while some aren’t, and that’s what this prompt is all about.

I’m sorry. I get wordy when I’m sleep deprived. So get to it and write some damn thing. If you want it to suck, that’s on you. Just don’t blame the prompt.

As always, send us your work inspired by this prompt for a shot at being featured. We’d love some essays on writing.

Okay, bye-bye!

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