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On writing: the reality

November 14, 2012 6 comments

I follow a blog written by a guy named Jeff Goins. It’s a great writing blog and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants advice about writing and how to achieve your writing goals. A while back, he posted a list about what he called, “What Everybody Ought To Know About Writing” It’s short and sweet and nails the writing life right on the head. I dedicate it to anyone who has ever told themselves it would be really easy to write a book (oh, if only it were true).

It’s hard.
It’s harder than you think.
It never gets easier (but it does get better).
It’s scarier than it should be (but not too bad once you start).
It’s the last thing you want to do when it’s the first thing you should do.
It’s usually pretty thankless (especially when you’re doing it right).
It’s easy to begin, hard to continue, and even harder to finish.
It’s never enough; you can always do more.
It can be painful.
It’s hard.

For those of you who have actually sat your butt in a chair and attempted to write anything, I’m pretty sure you’ll agree with this list. Perhaps the only thing missing is what I would consider to be the real last item.

It’s one of the most rewarding things you can do.

It’s true. At least for me, that is. I find that it’s kind of like running. The actual running part is hard work, and not necessarily something I want to do or that’s easy to do. But, after I run, I feel absolutely amazing. Well, the same with writing. When I’ve completed an evening of writing, and laid all those words out on a “blank” page, I feel that same sense of accomplishment.

How do you feel after you’ve spent time writing?

–dp

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