All those years ago, when I picked up a pen for the express purpose of writing a humor piece, little did I know I’d caught an obsession that would last so long. Despite brief breaks and gaps when I never picked up a pen for months on end, writing has proved a steady and loyal companion through the years.
But there’s no doubt that the life of a writer I had pictured did not match the reality!
1. Writer’s expect: Words to flow easily from the pen like so many rolls of silk being unfurled
The Reality: They don’t, not without regular practice, and even then it’s like pulling teeth.
2. Writer’s expect: to love writing always in every moment and forever more.
The Reality: Not always. The days when the words aren’t coming or rejections clog the inbox do not really feed the muse.
3. Writer’s expect: to write everyday
The Reality: Again not always, for a host of reasons – no time, no energy – physical or emotional, fear of failure, fear of success. Sometimes editing/revising/marketing/pitching will take priority.
4. Writer’s expect: that every piece will find a home
The Reality: Ironically some of our favourite pieces might never find a home or take an incredibly long time to do so. Do I speak from personal experience? Nah! Every story I’ve ever written has found the perfect home LOL!
5. Writer’s expect: Increased Practice means improved quality
The Reality: This one’s so close its almost 100% true, except that one also needs to diversify the type of writing they’re doing and focus on targeted practice.
What differences have you found between the dream of writing and the hardcore reality of it?