Let’s face it—writing can be a grueling task.
Red Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning sports writer for the New York Times, was once asked if writing was easy for him. His answer, contained in the excellent book Making Words Dance: Reflections on Red Smith, Journalism and Writing, was poignant. He said, "Sure. All I do is cut open a vein and bleed."
Along the lines of Smith’s confessions that writing is not an easy task, Olin Miller explained it even more vividly when he said, “Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators.”
Philip Pullman, author of award winning His Dark Materials trilogy, offers us an explanation why writing is hard: “The fact is that writing is hard work, and sometimes you don’t want to do it, and you can’t think of what to write next, and you’re fed up with the whole damn business.”
But, just because writing is hard doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. “Do you think plumbers don’t feel like that about their work from time to time?” Pullman asks. “Of course, there will be days when the stuff is not flowing freely. What you do then is MAKE IT UP,” he advises.
Anyone who is a writer, whether a web writer, copywriter, film writer or poet, knows writing is grueling at times. You often struggle with what Steven Pressfield calls the Resistance - our psychological resistance to get beyond fear and start, regardless of where it takes us.
For those of us struggling with Resistance and other writer’s peeves like procrastination and creative blocks, here are quick tips to help make the writing process a little less painful. This is how you MAKE IT UP and MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Bonus tip: Carry a collection device like a notepad or iPhone with you for when you have creative ideas and thoughts at inconvenient times.
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See Also: 6 Common Mistakes that Doom Writing Careers.
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