The Best {And Worst} of Tom Junod … by Amy Burgess

by jeffevans967

There are four basic emotional stages of writing, Tom says. “I’m shit. I’m a genius. I’m shit. I survived. That’s basically it, isn’t it? You think, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe how horrible I am.’ And then you lie to yourself long enough to write your draft and you’re like, ‘I’m Mozart!’ And then you’ve handed in your draft and you haven’t heard from your editor in a day and a half, and you’re like, ‘Oh no.’ And you start reading your draft and you think, ‘I can’t believe how awful I am.’ Then you rework it and it’s closer to what you wanted at the beginning, and you’re happy. And you’re exhausted. And you do it again.”

You can read Amy Burgess’ piece HERE