So I’m nearing the end of my epic fantasy novel. You would think that nearing the end would start to accelerate the process and that things would become easier. Think again Bucko! It’s as hard and as amazing as when you started, only you now you have a ton of self-doubt piled on to your shoulders.
There is this misconception that writing is supposed to be easy. That you just sit at the keyboard and then the “writing fairy” will come by and sprinkle you with inspiration-dust. Well, to quote a recently elected President.
Writing is fucking hard. It isn’t you sitting at the typewriter and bleeding. It’s you sitting at the typewriter and trying to pull a horse’s teeth with a pair of tweezers. On fire. In space. Covered in Bullet Ants… Ok maybe not that bad, but it’s no walk in the park.
Writing is not supposed to be easy. Sure you’ll have those days where your words just flow like some magical word-juice through the elaborate piping that is your coffee-warped brain. Those days are great. They’re as rare as an African snow day, but they do happen. When you have one of those days, you should enjoy them. Revel in the magic, because it might just be the last time for a very long time. What I’m talking about are the 99.8% of the other days. The days when no matter how hard you try, it just feels like you’re trying to suck an egg through a straw.
So what? Does that mean that you should just wait for those days when your muse shows up? Surely an artist must not force the art. Well you could do that. You could wait. I’d rather be making art, but sure, waiting is an option. But remember that a few inspiration filled days does not a writer make. Writers write. Simple as that. We sit down and we write. Not much more to it.
So why all this? Why press the point to explain just how hard writing can be? Because it is an important point to make. You would be surprised how many people think that writing is an easy thing. That we just have our heads in the clouds and we somehow just poop out literary genius. You would be surprised (or you might not) at the sheer amount of people who think that writing does not count as real work. I’ve been working on my current novel for the past year now. While it has been an amazing journey so far, it has been far from easy, and it has certainly been a lot of real work.
Writing is hard. Writing is real work. Writing is not a hobby. For some of us, it is our passion in life. It is a long and arduous process.
Writing is amazing. It is one of the best experiences out there in my humble opinion. I imagine it is the closest thing to being a god. You hold in your hands the ability to create and destroy entire worlds. You forge relationships, orchestrate epic battles, craft landscapes and paint a picture on the canvass of the mind. It is the ultimate creative expression. To not just tell a story, but to make that story real in the mind of your reader and your own. Writing is absolutely fantastic. If you find it in yourself to be a writer, then I want to formally welcome you to the amazing life of a writer. So say it with me!
“WRITING IS AMAZING!”
The reason I gave that long spiel about the difficulty of writing was to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to say. I wanted you budding new authors to realize that the life you are letting yourself in for is no walk in the park, but it is one of the most rewarding things you could be doing.
If you made it this far, I would like to thank and congratulate you. Despite my constant droning about how hard it is, you pushed through. You pushed through because to you, writing is no passing fancy. It is a passion. You know it will be hard, but you don’t care. You know that the effort is worth it. Congratulations. You are the kind of person who’s books will one day line the shelves of your local bookstores. Revel in that fact. Now say it with me again!
“WRITING IS AMAZING!”