Am I the Only One?

(giggle) No seriously, I’m starting to think I’m the only person who doesn’t think writing is hard. I read the blogs of other writers and they go on about how gut-wrenchingly hard it is for them, sometimes, to put words to page; how the angst and doubt are so overwhelming that they cried at some point or another during the writing. That’s never happened to me.

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I know. It’s hard to believe. But at no point has writing ever caused me to stress. Am I sometimes not in the mood to write? Yes.  Am I sometimes disgusted with what I’ve written? Yes.  But I can honestly say, I have never doubted my ability to put words to page and spin a good yarn, so to speak. And even when deep in the frenzy of NaNoWriMo, I don’t stress over sitting down and meeting my word count that day. When I say I’m going to do it, then I sit down and do it. When I decide I don’t want to do it, then I don’t. There’s no working to the point of exhaustion, no little voice telling me that what I’m writing isn’t worth being read.

I suck at marketing. That’s where the angst, tears, and such come into play.  Hold on, let me clarify. I suck at mass marketing. One on One? I’ve got a superb success rate when it comes to in your face sales. Any time I’ve spoken to someone in person about my work, I’ve sold a book. The problem has been that those opportunities are few and way far between.

If writing seems difficult to you, why? What are the obstacles you face most often when attempting to get your story told?

7 thoughts on “Am I the Only One?

  1. When I’m in a good mood the words really flow from me. There have been times when, emotionally, I’m too caught up in what I’m writing, and that affects me, but that’s the only time I ever cried while writing–not that I thought I sucked. I’ve had those moments, yeah: we all do. Then I start writing. And begin thinking about how I’m gonna hurt my characters. 🙂

  2. It’s never been overly difficult to sit down and do the work. But it does depend on what stage I’m in; sometimes editing is much harder for me to do than the creating part, I get this weird “I wrote it once, it’s good, I don’t have to fix NOTHIN’!” attitude which takes some coaxing to get over. That’s usually when I have someone read it aloud to me and I start hearing what I can fix. At this moment I’m juggling three projects, all of which are different, so when I get out of the mood I switch to one of the others and do that for a while. Writer’s “block”… not so much. “Hate what I just wrote”… yeah, sometimes. Revise, revise, revise. Change the angle, change the perspective, change the POV, whatever it takes to keep moving forward. Hey if it was freaking easy, we’d all be Ralph Ellison. But there can be only one…

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