Bricks to Buckets

Perimeter shooters in basketball rarely pass up an open shot. They have two reasons for this. The first is that when they’re not making much, they have to work themselves into a groove … at which point they encounter the second reason for continuing to shoot: They’re making everything.

Writers are the same. We rarely have our best stuff, and the only way to get to our best stuff is by continuing to throw some of our bad stuff up there. (Apologies to readers of early drafts.) Unlike two-guards and wingmen, however, we writers can edit our work. Airballs can be erased from the scoresheet, and bricks can become buckets.

Luckily, this general principle applies to most things. We’re bad at things until we’re good — and few of us are good at anything from the outset.