About Writing: James Thurber

“Don’t get it right, get it written.”

James Thurber’s advice still sticks in my mind, years after I first heard it. It’s an elegant turn of phrase, and it is a perfect way to motivate yourself through lulls in writing on a project.

Only when it’s written can you go back and make it right. And it’s much easier to see the woods for the trees when you have a full script or manuscript.

James Thurber
He’s about to say something withering to that match

But everything after the quote is redundant, all you need is to let that mantra stay with you every time you are writing.

Thurber was full of great one-liners, and advice to writers. If you want to procrastinate further, here’s a lengthy interview with him from the Paris Review.

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