I write a lot. I guess that’s a given. I love it. Love making up new worlds and new places. Love playing with new characters, throwing problems at them and seeing what happens.
I study a lot too. I take courses. I attend workshops. I read ‘how to’ books.
One thing I’ve noticed in several of these is how the author or presenter suggests something along the lines of “writing is hard” (one author even had a similar phrase in bold type in the middle of the page).
I would counter that with ‘writing is fun’. Sit at a desk and play. Make up whole worlds. Crush them with asteroids or oppressive rulers or dragons. Build a family putting themselves back together after tragedy. Track down a killer. Have a struggling musician succeed after so many setbacks.
Warm the hearts of your readers.
I love it.
I love it so much that I write every day. Recently someone asked me how I have such discipline. My response? It’s about the same amount of discipline as it takes to draw a breath.
As long as it’s fun, I’ll keep writing. I hope that my sense of enjoyment comes through my books for my readers. Yes I would like to do this full time, and I’m not there yet. But even without that, I still get to have the best fun ever, every single day.
I don’t fret over the writing. I let it be. I write the best I can, with the skills I have. I work on learning new skills along the way.
And I keep having fun.
Because writing is fun.
(Oh, and the author who bolded “writing is hard”? They’re a far more successful author than I (my congratulations). But also, crucially, they’re a very good business person. The book with the phrase was about marketing for writers. Now to me, marketing is hard. That’s why I was reading the book. To learn something about marketing.)
4 thoughts on “How Hard is Writing?”
I definitely think writing is fun too 🙂 But writing “well” is the hard part! (I am guessing they were meaning ‘hard’ in the making money from it sense)
What I do is just write for the pure joy of it wthout focusing too much on writing rules (otherwise I’d never write haha)… and if I improve that will be a bonus!
Absolutely – writing for the joy of it is just the best. Thank.
What an inspiring post Sean, nice work!
🙂 Thanks Jane.