As much as I love Stephen King, I have to disagree with this statement. It may be correct for most writers, but the fear of publishing a poorly written story motivates me to keep working on a story long after I have gotten the story line down.
I hate labels, because many times it is an incorrect way to look at something. At the same time, I am quick to relabel something if it will help motivate me.
I never say, “I’m writing, or I’m editing.” Both words sound like work to me. I imagine myself confined to my chair, forcing myself to get words down, or constantly autocritting those words. Yuck!
I love to “Storytell”, and “Perfect”.
Both those words create a picture of a finished product of what I want. I aim for a well crafted story that readers will love. I just happen to be the one there to dictate the story.
Are there any silly tricks you use to accomplish your goals?