Writing is…

“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy, and that hard.” – Neil Gaiman

Writing is easy

All you have to do is take up whatever writing implement you prefer and start putting words on the paper/screen…they don’t even necessarily have to make sense at this point. That’s what editing is for.

Writing is hard

Ideas are not always easy to come by, and even when they are they aren’t always good. Even when they’re good they may be hard to express.

Sometimes you may not feel like writing. Other times you can’t just sit down and write, no matter how much you might want to. Sometimes life (family, friends, work) gets in the way.

Writing can be a very lonely exercise, especially in the beginning. Real people can cause too many distractions, but you don’t quite know your characters well enough to consider them friends yet. The hardest part is introducing your fictional friends to your other friends and family and hoping they’ll like each other.

Rejection is a bitch. You pour your heart out on to the page, tear it apart and put it back together again until you think it shines, but when it comes to showing it to someone else…you’ll find most people out there won’t love it as much as you do.

(Can you tell that I’m finding writing hard this week??)

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  1. Writing is hard, at least for me. I constantly battle the perfectionist voice that tells me I have to get every word just right on the first draft, even though you’re not supposed to worry about style on the first draft. I always come out of a writing session feeling like I’ve just created the worst collection of words ever written, and yet I go back to it a day later and realize it wasn’t so bad afterall. I think revisions are easier, because you already have something down on paper, and it’s just a matter of sculpting something that’s already been made tangible.

    I liken the process of creating stories to labor pains (even though I’m a man and, for obvious reasons, have never experienced child birth — and probably have no right to use that metaphore :-P)

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