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Chapter 2. The Write Way > Trick or Treat - Pg. 13

The Write Way 13 Writer's Block Don't fall into the trap of thinking that writing is a neat process. It's rather messy, like baking a cake. As you add each "ingredient," you stir the whole thing around a lot to blend it altogether. If your paper looks sloppy, you're probably on the right track! Myth: I'm not a real writer. Reality: Everyone who has ever been to school has a history as a writer; perhaps you have also written reports or letters on your job. If you write, you're a writer. Myth: Good writers can dash off a good paper in one try. Reality: No way. Professional writers (the people who are paid for their words) prepare draft after draft after draft of their writing. Plato is said to have rewritten the first sentence of The Republic 50 times; Hemingway rewrote the last page A Farewell to Arms 39 times. Sinclair Lewis took 17 years to finish Main Street; Katherine Anne Porter worked on Ship of Fools for over 20 years. Virgil took 10 years to write the Aeneid and believed it still needed about three years' work when he died. And you think it's taking you a long time to finish the memo on the Schmendrick deal?