You possibly know this - but writing is not an easy thing to do. Putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard is only a tiny fraction of the story.
(Ha, 'of the story' - I just noticed the pun!)
You've got to try and string these weird little symbols into words, and then those words into sentences, sentences into paragraphs, chapters, a book!
And all of those little symbols comprising your paragraph, chapter, book, whatever, contain a plethora (woo! I have smart vocab dammit!) of worlds, characters, meanings, and cultural cues behind them. Sometimes the author writes subtext that even they don't know they've put in there.
And all of that takes time. It takes skill which you may or may not have (yet - skills are things you can build!)
I've been writing the 3rd part of my Cinderella posts (see part 1 here!) and it's going exceptionally slowly.
Because writing is a bit like whittling (not that I've ever whittled anything, so I have no idea where that metaphor came from.) A bit here, a bit there, and it can take forever.
But guess what? You have to learn to love that slow process.
You have to understand that it's ok for it to take a long time - as long as you keep working on it, it will be done when it's done, and not before.
You've got learn to revel in the thrill of chasing down the correct word. You've got to learn to enjoy weaving the words together, and letting your fingers dance almost rhythmically across the keyboard.
Because that's the way it works.
You can't create out of nothing - you have to love it, to care about it, to watch it sashay it's way into existence. If you don't love the process, you're not going to write anything worth while.
(It is however OK to also get p*ssed off at the process, and shout a string of swear-words and/or colourful insults at the screen. #TrueStory.)
You also have to understand that sometimes it doesn't work out - and that's ok too.
It's not going to work every time. But if you enjoyed the time you spent working on it, then it wasn't a waste - it just gave you something different to what you thought it would.
Maybe I made sense in this post, and then again, maybe I was talking cr*p.
What do you think? Is it necessary to enjoy the process of writing in order to be a writer?
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