Fear in Writing: Writing is Hard To Do

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Writing is Hard To Do

Can I just say that writing a book is hard?  I am struggling.
I love the challenge.  I love the characters, their quirks and frustrations.  But this is hard stuff!

Maybe it would be easier if I didn't want to write a good book, if I just wanted to throw together 70,000 words of run-of-the-mill mystery that any old airport bookstore would carry.  (In the end, maybe that's all I will write, but I sure am aiming higher!)

So this is my complaint day.  This is my frustration post.  This is my damnit-all-to-hell-when-does-it-get-easier rant.

Thanks for listening. : P


  1. Rant away, Michele - sometimes that's all it takes to make it easier!!

    Continue to aim high - it's the only way :) And I know you'll make it - it's just a matter of time.

  2. Rants always help. They purge the system and open up new areas for creative thought. Take a deep breath and go at it again. You'll get. You have the drive to reach your goal. Go for it.

  3. Michele and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. :(

    Rant away.

  4. Feeling better already. Thank you, Jemi, Mason and Karen. You helped! Oh, and a good cry!

  5. Sorry to hear about your frustration. It's definitely hard, but I bet it will all be worth it when you are done. :)

  6. Oh yes, hard work - and I'm too scared to look at my NaNo book to start editing - very hard word.
    (but I love writing and creating characters)

  7. Writing a book is no easy feat. If you didn't meet with frustration at some point, you would be inhuman. We're out here, listening and sharing some of the same trials and tribulations.

  8. It will get easier. You can do it! There's my motivational speech.
    Truth is, it's hard because you're trying hard and learning, and as long as you keep learning and pushing yourself it will always be difficult, but in different ways, I imagine.
    I'm in the same situation with my current wip: each problem I solve and learn from leads me to the next problem.

  9. You know, the first draft can be really, really horrid (and believe me, I've got one now.) And the 4th draft can be awful, too. It's only the final copy that matters. I'd just throw it on the page any old way--you can't fix it if there's nothing to fix.

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  10. Rant away, good lady. It's your blog; you can cry if you want to. :)

    Donald Maass, in the introduction to Writing the Breakout Novel, says, "There is nothing quick about the fiction game... [This] is a book for dedicated craftspeople..."

    You, good lady, are a dedicated craftsperson. You'll be back to yourself tomorrow, and the words will be waiting to flow. We'll be waiting, too, to cheer you on.

  11. Oh my goodness I want to cry again, but out of joy at the response I received! Thank you all for supporting me in this moment of doubt. I never thought of throwing in the pen, but I did wonder if I would make it much further into this WIP, or any MS for that matter! I can't even tell you how much your words mean to me.
    Thank you.

  12. You have my empathy. It's the putting things together that nearly kills me. Good luck with it.