Instagram post by @thebradking Brad King

For a long time I wondered if I would ever find my way through this damn story. I've stumbled, stopped, and restarted more times that I can count.⁣

With each draft, my voice—which is the best part of my writing—got pushed to the background. Before I knew it, I had a nice, polished piece of shit that didn't sound like anything I'd ever written.⁣

So, I ditched everything I was trying to do and sat down to just write. I wasn't worried about anything other than the story I wanted to tell in the voice I wanted to tell it.⁣

I don't know how the story will look at the end. I don't know how people will receive it. ⁣

But man it's nice to see my voice on the page in the way it has long existed in my head. And that's all any writer can really ask for. ⁣

"Unless you get out there and try to do it, you'll never know. That's just the truth. If there's one reason we're suppose to be here is to say something so people wanna hear it. So you gotta grab it and you don't apologize you don't worry about why they're listening or how long they're gonna be listening for. You just tell them what you wanna say."—Jackson Maine (A STAR IS BORN, 2018)⁣

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4 Comments

  • 6d ago atticus.verses atticus.verses

    What is the biggest misconception people have about you?

  • 6d ago thebradking thebradking

    @atticus.verses That's an interesting question because I've spent the better part of two years trying to figure out the things I don't know about myself. And I don't really yet have a good answer for that.

  • 4d ago heathr heathr

    This was really helpful for me to hear today. My therapy is heavily about writing right now. Thanks.

  • 4d ago thebradking thebradking

    @heathr I was talking with my writing partner about this the other day. Once I decided to sit down and go through the book one chapter a day I've really been able to see it in a different way. And I suspect a good deal of that is because of my therapy.

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