Thursday, July 23, 2009

Who Said Writing is Easy?

“After 58 years you’d think writing would get easier. It doesn’t. If you’re lucky, you become harder to please.” -- Elmore Leonard in “Making it up as I go along” [AARP The Magazine, July/August 2009]
I’ve read a number of posts on the blogs I follow about how hard it is to: a) find a good story idea, b) develop said idea into a story, c) think about trying to write because it’s rained five days in a row, d) think about trying to write because it’s too hot, e) get motivated to write something that will be rejected anyway, d) avoid emulating the cat and get up off the couch, etc. Okay, I made that last one up. The point is maybe none of these are the real reason for not writing. Perhaps the real reason is because we’ve become harder to please, and we don’t want to disappoint ourselves again. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with writing badly. It’s accepting bad writing that is the writer’s sin.

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