Hard Work?


Everyone says writing is hard work.  Sometimes it is.  When it is deep and personal it can be.  Coming up with a topic can leave you feeling dry some days.  Editing is work.  Flat out, editing and revising are my least favorite parts of the job (my own stuff, that is.  I’m a pretty decent editor of others’ drafts).

I’ve heard analogies about opening veins and staring at the blank screen until your eyes cross.  Maybe I’m weird, but writing…the actual moving from head to paper or computer…the flow of it to the fingers…isn’t much work.  Give me a topic and I can write you pages.  If I have an idea for a novel, I’ll pre-write a notebook with ease, figuring out who the characters are and where the story might go.  I guess I’m weird.

Editing is work.  Coming up with a fresh view or a new topic can be work.  The essays and fiction?  Not work.  Maybe not exactly play, though they can be.  More like breathing.  It’s natural.



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2 responses to “Hard Work?

  1. I would say this is true for me if I have nothing else to do. I am an older mom of three. I make a note of my age, because frankly, trying to raise teenagers and a preteen is exhausting when you’re going through menopause.

    Not to mention, I have homeschooled all three of them for the past 10 years until just a couple of months ago.

    I have a very large house that is very active with kids, animals and kid’s friends. On top of it all, my husband is active duty military and has been gone for the past two years.

    I’m just trying to keep the laundry, dust and pet hair from taking over my life. When I finally do get to sit down to write, I’m exhausted, and yes, well, it’s work.

  2. bjkeltz

    You certainly have your hands full, Magnolia. Wow, I admire you, not only for keeping up with an active family, but for still working writing into the mix.

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