I’m just a hack on crack from Hackensack

In relation to yesterday’s post on “Yes, someone has most liekly done a better job than you” we need to talk about ignoring the voice telling us we’re just a hack. Throwing caution to the wind is partly doing that because it suggests that it’s good to think you’re a hack. Thinking you’re a hack is to some extent lowering you standards. Accepting that the first days’, weeks’, months’ worth of writing possibly will suck will help you write.

I’m currently reading the advertising classic Hey Whipple, Squeeze This! by Luke Sullivan. Today’s post is informed by the chapter on Write When You Get Work, and especially the section wonderfully titled “Ignore the little voice that says, “I’m just a hack on crack from Hackensack”. The great thing, Luke writes, is that everyone feels like a hack. So just go on. With time you be able to better ignore the voice. There’s also a quote from Pick Me: Breaking into Advertising and Staying There by Nancy Vonk and Janet Kestin. I’ve scaled the quote down a bit, but it goes:

“Somehow, just getting those first few thoughts out is helpful, even if they genuinly do suck. The act of moving the pen across the paper is the antidote to the belief that you can’t do it.”

I love that last sentence. Read it again. It’s Just Do It for writers.