Thursday, October 21, 2010

Slog Until You Rock

"I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork." 
- Peter De Vries

"Easy reading is damn hard writing." 
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Writing is the most difficult task I know. It is also the most enjoyable. But there will be days and maybe even months when all we do is slog through lines, chapters, whole novels. I am mostly talking about editing (in my case) and when we can't hit that inspiration button just right. As writers, we have accept that writing can be imaginably difficult. When we accept this, the writing process comes more into focus. 

Presently, I am working on editing the first novel I wrote. Though I enjoy the story, characters, its concept, I can't get over how tiresome it is to make every line to what I want - or at least what I can do with it. It is like swimming through the Dead Sea. But I know I have to do it if I have any chance of publishing it. Without this crucial edit, the novel would be no more than some frantic scribblings, with an occasional wonder.

So, for all you sloggers out there - remember this hint: "Those who slog, rock." I just made that up right now. But it is true. That has been the secret of all good writer's and anyone successful for that matter. 

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