I always used to imagine that writing (if you do it properly) is a free and easy creative rapture, where I sit and the words effortlessly flow from every pore like some sort of wordsmith disease. I have discovered Dear Reader that anything worth doing is difficult. Now, I’m not talking brain surgery here, I am talking about effort….
I’ve also discovered a direct correlation between how difficult it is and how likely I am to complete it. Is half of this about showing up and writing stuff down? Stuff that isn’t just about how hard it is to write stuff. I’ve tried that tactic recently and I have managed to complete 3/4 of my novel. It’s still not finished and nowhere near a publishable or ship-able format but it is 3/4 done and I’m patting myself on the back for that.
It also resulted in a six month gap in my blog writing. I love blogging due to instant gratification, I press the little publish button and voilà someone is potentially going to skim read the first few lines. However, I have noticed how much writing blogs and a lot of the advice being extolled, is from people who have no more right to give advice than I do…
Have they written a bestseller, maybe but not one that I’ve ever read….
So is that what happens when your novels don’t make it? Do you just write about writing instead…..
Your thoughts are welcome friends…
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P.S.S Do not drink any kind of liquid whilst doing this.
P.S.S.S The Findus one is genius! For all my American friends – Google recent press in the UK regarding Findus after watching. It will make perfect sense.
- The Big Question….Okay, How About a Bunch of Little Questions (thewritersadvice.com)
- Personal Impersonal (cfrankdavis.wordpress.com)
- When Writers Take Advice From Casual Bloggers (deniseurena.com)