Don’t get me wrong – I love writing, especially now, despite all the gazillion rejections streaming in on a daily basis. I am finally enjoying the process, rather than indulging in the thrills of “having written.”
However there are quite a few things I don’t like about being a writer:
- So much to write, so little time
This is not the fault of writing of course, but it does demand intense concentration and time. The creative gene inspires ideas but the world doesn’t grant us the time to write all of them. It also takes away time from socializing in the real word – I’ve skipped many a weekend party in favour of writing.
- Sometimes, the words just don’t come
After stealing all that time, when I sit down to write, the words that bombard my brain at all the wrong times retreat into a shell and need immense coaxing to draw them out.
- When the words come, they’re crap
The first draft of everything is crap. It may improve with practice but sometimes it’s so bad it’s better to scrap it all and start again.
- When we send our stuff out we get rejections
In more than five years of writing and submitting, I can count only a handful of times that a piece I sent out was accepted by the first place I sent it to. My story that won 2nd place in the On The Premises contest last year is a good example of this.
- When we don’t send stuff out we’re not moving forward
The fear of rejection and submitting makes us hold on to our creative efforts, but without sending it out we’re not really taking ourselves to the next level
- We have to believe we’re the best in order to succeed
Writers need supreme confidence in themselves and their work so they can pitch agents and publishers and plough through despite all the rejections
- We have to accept we’re not the best so that we can improve in order to succeed
Writers also need to turn a critical eye on themselves so they can humbly accept feedback and revise their work to near-perfection
- Stuff that looks perfect today looks crap the next day
The final draft is never final and even after time and distance away from it when I see it next I feel its way below par.
- The right word lies on the tip of the tongue and rarely ever comes out
The struggle to find the word that exactly matches what you’re thinking of is perpetual. A thesaurus makes it easier but not always.
- Looks easy but is very tough to do
This is the biggest problem with writing – the easiest writing that looks the most effortless is actually the hardest to do.
How do you feel about writing these days? Anything you can add to the above list?