Either write something worth reading or do something worth
writing. – Benjamin Franklin
A friend recently told me, “This creative stuff is hard.” (she was endeavoring to write and was surprised how hard 500 words can be)
Writing is hard work.
Writing something worth reading is even harder.
I was reminded of this yesterday as I slogged through revisions that took far longer than they should. I expected to whip through a chapter and send it off to the Coven (my crit group is gamely named the Coven of Scribblers). It was taking twice as long as I expected, and I didn’t meet my personal deadline (hopefully today, ladies!). But part way through I realized there was a reason why these particular words were taking so much longer than the 6,000 I had zipped through the previous week.
This chapter was important. Key. Vital to the plot, the characters, the emotional heart of the story – everything that made this novel worth reading was found in microcosm in THIS chapter. And so it had to be just right. It demanded more from me as a writer.
I took a deep breath and gave myself time to do justice to the words. So I could write something worth reading.
When is writing hard for you?