On Writing: Posting daily 3
The function of the overwhelming majority of your artwork is to teach you how to make the small fraction of your artwork that soars. (David Bayles & Ted Orland, Art and Fear)
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“The 80% drown the 20%.“
“What do you mean?”
“The Pareto Principle applies to writing as well.
When people read what you write, wouldn’t you want them to focus only on your best work – the 20%?
The problem is, by publishing the 80% you make it harder for them to discover your 20%.
Write every day, but only publish the 20%.“
“Does this mean also removing 80% of my past writings?”
Think long term. Now it may seem like a lot of work. But you don’t have to do it all at once. And in time, the 20% will add up.
Save the 80% somewhere. They’re more valuable to you, as a piece of your history. In removing them, you’re making room for the 20% shine.”