You Can Always Rewrite, But Only If It Exists!

“Don’t stop working just because it isn’t perfect. Get to the end of the story before you judge it. You can always rewrite, but only if it exists!”

– Lauren Graham on writing and finishing a story, Ask Me Anything on Reddit


Lauren Graham – actress, novelist, and producer – is quite possibly one of my most favourite people in the celebrity world! She seems super funny, friendly and she played Lorelai Gilmore from Gilmore Girls – a character whose outlook and personality I would totally aspire to be like (except for the extreme coffee addiction maybe :mrgreen: ).

Fictional character idols aside (somehow my role models almost always seem to be fictional characters…), Lauren Graham would make a pretty good real-person role model. I recently came across an Ask Me Anything which she took part it.

I don’t usually read Ask Me Anything features nor do I know much about them, but this was Lauren Graham! So I thought I’d have a little read through.

That’s when I found this little shooting star of a quote. I feel it’s quite a motivational statement for writers (or indeed any creative) running low on inspiration and starting to feel the bite of self-doubt. It’s easy to judge (and sometimes judge badly) a piece of work when it hasn’t been finished yet. It’s also easy to obsess over the finer details and forgetting to finish bigger picture. It’s easily done.

So let’s not forget; it’s okay to pay attention to detail but remember to paint over the entire canvas too! You can always do some touch-ups/edits/complete makeover afterwards 🙂

Lauren words it best: You can always rewrite, but only if it exists!

Thank you, Lauren, for an uplifting nugget of inspiration this week!


About Lily

Lily is the blogger's name of an overimaginative, positivity-powered, and potentially awkward introvert girl who likes to think she's "quirky" (though it's very possible that she's just plain weird!) She loves music, musical theatre, art & comics, inspirational stories, languages, expressive people and anything that is a little eccentric.
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2 Responses to You Can Always Rewrite, But Only If It Exists!

  1. A truly wonderful quote and sentiment, Lily– I couldn’t agree more!!

    The slight variation for an artist or illustrator would be: Finish the drawing, no matter how discouraged you might feel in the middle of it. You can’t learn anything if you don’t finish, and quitting will only multiply your discouragement. By contrast, finishing builds self-esteem, grit, and resolve– and motivates you to keep at it. Every step, no matter how stumbling or tenuous, moves you further along the path. Every finished work makes you stronger.

    Thanks for an excellent reminder and morale booster!! : )

    • Lily says:

      Yes!! I think finishing anything can be a challenge sometimes but it’s sort of a test of determination and strength! And sometimes the finished picture turns out better than we thought when we looked at it half-done. Like you said, every step moves you along the path – and I most definitely agree! 😀

      Thanks for the wise and profound words, Mark! And thanks again for visiting 🙂

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