“E.L. Doctorow said once said that ‘Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.’ You don’t have to see where you’re going, you don’t have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you. This is right up there with the best advice on writing, or life, I have ever heard.”
— Anne Lamott (Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life)
I read this book recently, “Bird by Bird,” and I found the above excerpt to be one of the most valuable pieces of writing advice I’ve ever received. Without it, I would likely never be as far on my current manuscript as I am.
Writers, what’s the most valuable piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?