“Writing is hard work. A clear sentence is no accident. Very few sentences come out right the first time, or even the third time. Remember this in moments of despair. If you find that writing is hard, it’s because it is hard.”
William Zinsser’s quote taken from On Writing Well for me explains not just how to get write well, but how to do anything well.
You’re going to have an “ugly baby” with whatever you’re doing.
Only after many iterations, changes, weigh-ins, trade-offs, rebirths, realignments, frustrations will your baby becoming a beautiful adult.
Zinsser’s “despair” is exactly what we feel when whatever we’re doing seems fruitless and leading to dead ends.
For me, that’s when real teamwork kicks in.