Postscripts: Writing is Hard

When writing is going well, Gentle Reader, I sometimes forget how much hard work, how very hard writing is, as a profession.  But when I am getting back into the groove of writing every day, of getting back to a schedule (a blessed, blessed schedule!), I am suddenly faced with how very hard it is to work writing back into my daily routine.  I set goals for myself; currently, I am at “two pages a day, minimum.”  But even with goals as small as that, it still hurts to pull it out of myself, to sit down and stare at that screen, to remember the train of thought from the day before and write what needs to be written, and work over what needs to be rewritten.

This is not writer’s block but more, writer’s pain, no?

What are you struggling with currently, Friends?


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3 thoughts on “Postscripts: Writing is Hard”

  1. I feel your pain! Sometimes I like the idea of writing more than I actually like writing. I think about my story (I’m writing a novel) all day but then when I get home from my full time job and am faced with actually writing my thoughts down, I often have to force myself to do so. Once I get started, though, I have a difficult time stopping. I don’t have as strict of a schedule as you do, but I make sure that I write something, anything, every day. I have a tiny writing calendar where I jot down my progress each day. That helps because I don’t want to see the days crossed off where I don’t do anything.

    I really do love writing, though. But, as you say, it’s really hard work.

    Best of luck with yours!

    1. You too! Do you have a plan to get through your day’s notes? Do you jot down ideas on your phone? I’m a huge fan of post-it notes, myself 🙂

      1. I don’t really have much of a plan. I have an outline which I’m working on, but during the day I must confess that I’m a bit of a daydreamer. I play scenes over and over in my head making little changes here and there. Then when I get home I jot everything down in my notebook. I don’t like using post-it notes because I like having everything all in one place. I’m very forgetful and don’t like loose bits of paper. 🙂

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