Writing is Work
Anyone who has visions of becoming an author needs to understand one important fact from the beginning….Writing is not a freeway to easy street. Whether writing as a hobby, or in an effort to do so as an occupation, writing takes a dedication to continue until completion.
“Tell me something I don’t know,” you may say.
‘Awareness’ and ‘follow through’ are two different ideals.
Let me use myself as an example. I’m currently in the process finishing “Ashes on the Lake”, my fifth novel that began practically writing itself in October of last year. For the next three months I was on a roll. Colorful characters jumped on to the computer screen with a storyline that seemed to take on a life of it’s own. Things were coming fast and furious — I could barely keep up on the keyboard. When prose wasn’t popping, creative ideas pertaining to the plot ran rampant. As if someone had hit me with a stun gun, I was energized like never before.
And then it happened. The novel came to a screeching halt, interrupted numerous times by personal situations and obligations. The story that had practically written it’s self was now in danger of being suffocated. I found it a struggle to continue. But why? I’ve had sufficient time — I hadn’t run into the infamous ‘Writer’s Block’. The characters were still gnawing at my psyche waiting to escape, but — I just couldn’t bring myself to answer their calls.
The problem? I became lazy!
My wonderful wife is my biggest inspiration. She generally reads along as a story unfolds — something I really appreciate. However, she is extremely impatient and after several times of her asking….
“Where’s the rest of the story?”
I realized I needed to suck it up — brush the mental fatigue aside and go back to work.
I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s worth repeating. Most people who aspire to become a writer never achieve that status because they don’t want to work. I can’t begin to tell you how many people I’ve met who started a short story, novella or novel and have never finished. The thought of writing is exciting. But once a story has developed into a few thousand words, one often finds the inevitable…
Writing is Work!
Thanks for listening.