The better the craftsman, the better the product: a handmade chair by the carpenter, and a final manuscript by the writer.
How does one get to that level? How much work does it take for each one?
First of all if work for a writer is writing, how can it be quantified in order to answer that question? Every writer works differently, some write a little here and there, some write thousands of words a day.
For a carpenter how much work does it take to be able to master something is a lot easier.
Take the chair. The evidence is in the craftsmanship. The chair is either made well enough to sit on or it’s not. As for the manuscript the quality of the writing is going to be far more subjective. Whether the book is good or bad will depend on the reader.
But one thing is true for both end products of these two craftsmen: nothing can be judged until the product is finished.
Say what you will about writing every day or entering contests to write up to a certain number of words. For a writer to get to that manuscript there has to be a story no matter how many words.
The carpenter and the chair there is an easy question to answer: Can I sit on it?
The writer’s question might not be as easy: Is it finished?
Writers write, sure. But what about, writers finish?
Writers, what do you need to finish?
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