So why can’t we just skip writing all that bad stuff? Is writing the bad stuff necessary for writing the good stuff? Maybe, maybe not. Nicholson Baker says the important thing is to keep writing–and to write every single day, if possible.
“If you write every day,” he says, “you’re going to write a lot of things that aren’t terribly good, but you’re going to have given things a chance to have their moments of sprouting.”