Writing Isn’t Easy

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Writing is difficult. Sometimes it’s torture. Other times it’s blissfully easy. Most of the time, for me, it’s hard work. Over the past four days, it’s been all of those things.

As I iron out the final chapters of The Coven, I’m forcing myself to write one sentence at a time, one after the other, no matter how much it hurts. For months, it was torture knowing the book was so close to completion, but not knowing how to finish. Then Saturday, I had an aha moment where the end of the book seemed so clear, so obvious. Blissfully, I sat down and pounded on the keyboard as the words poured out of me. Easy, right?

Not so much. It’s down to the final showdown, the big action scene at the end of the book. I hate writing action scenes. Some people might feel differently, but I’m not a fan. I’d rather write dialogue for days. Action scenes? No thank you.

So, at this point, with the end in sight and a clear direction (and my most UN-favorite type of scene to write), it’s down to hard work. Putting one word after the other until the words form sentences, the sentences become paragraphs, and the paragraphs become chapters that eventually lead to my two very favorite words: The End.

And now it’s time to get back to work.

How do you feel about writing? Is it difficult? Easy? Relaxing? Stressful? Or a combination of all of those things?Β 

21 thoughts on “Writing Isn’t Easy

  1. It’s like you read my mind, Tricia. Although I dearly love being a writer, my staying power, when it comes to getting words down, isn’t great. But the feeling when I actually manage to complete a piece of work is amazing. πŸ™‚

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      • Do you have a daily writing schedule? I’ve learned over the years that if I don’t, things get done in fits and starts if they get done at all. The other thing I’ve learned is that I’m much more fluent in longhand than on the computer, especially when first-drafting. I’m in revision mode at the moment, but I had a hunch I needed a whole new scene in one chapter. It wasn’t coming on the computer (where I do all my revising and editing), so this morning I got out pen and paper and an hour later I had a pretty good rough draft. Now back to revising . . .

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        • I definitely need a writing schedule. I’ve found I’m more productive in the morning, so I should get up earlier each day to write before I go to the day job.

          Good luck to you with your revisions. I enjoy the process of revisions and editing. Writing the first draft seems to be the hardest part for me.

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  2. I Love writing, though ‘Guilt’ is one of the reasons that are slowing, the effect of soon to be getting where Projects meet the destined Goal. Glory and Selfish desires to live large may be a ‘Would be now situation’ if i did not have Responsibilities and of Important Priorities that needed attending to, being 1st at hand, 1st in line – “FAMILY”, Children – Attention – Caution (physically, Mentally,spiritually..etc..,) So i settle for Love and Affection, My Wife, My Children – teaching of necessities, not the wants, what we must/can do, it’s my followers time (Children)- I give all my time to.. Although Times a Struggle, I’m on a Mission, ever so eager & Ambitious within myself, i’m raging with fire, but also Calm on the outside knowing, ‘i’m still young’, and i have Patience on this Journey of mine, to get to where Passion Desires Most, and although i need that by Yesterday, ‘Right now’, having had the ability with it Grasped in my Palms Prior to, would mean Sacrifice, and miss out on the best things i really live for – “Family, My Heart”.
    I already have all i need. PATIENCE.. because, i’ve lived a long time to have seen my future unfold Rugged, but Beautifully..

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