Does being a writer sometimes feel like a….


burden

…burden, one you can’t put down?

Sometimes plotting out a novel feels like climbing a steep hill. Even if you know what you want the basic story to be, filling in the details can be like pushing a boulder up the that same hill.  Why is it that the prospect of writing sometimes feels so onerous?

Sisyphean toil (3d isolated characters on white background series)

If you don’t write, you feel guilty and can’t stop thinking abut it. If you do write, you can’t wait to stop; what the hell is going on?

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Authors, no matter what the genre, are a peculiar bunch. We live to write, yet loathe it almost as much as we love it. Weeks, months, even years, can go by before we put pen to paper,  or go anywhere near a keyboard. Half finished works haunts us with their accusatory pleas to be finished. Ideas ferment in our brains,  pestering to be brought to life. Yet still we procrastinate, tormented by our own “inadequacies.” 

Procrastination

Of course not everyone has the luxury of being able to write full time. Things like working, running a house, looking after kids, all get in the way.  That said, when time to write does present itself, do we take advantage of it? No, not always.We continue to sit in the rut we have carved for ourselves, fretting away, thinking about writing, instead of actually doing it. Why? Damned if I know.

And yet the irony is how good its feel when that first draft blossoms into a fully fledged story. 🙂

rut

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3 Responses to “Does being a writer sometimes feel like a….”

  1. It’s amazingly addictive and the pleasure makes up for all the pain!

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